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Christian Understanding of Setting Goals in Life

Solomon, throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, ponders this question and concludes that it is vanity. That is the only conclusion one can reach when one deals on what one should ‘do’ to become happy and fruitful. Solomon was the richest and wisest man the world has ever known, yet he concluded (because he saw the vanity and uselessness of his riches and wisdom) that the best and most fulfilling thing that a person could do to be happy was to rest after an honest day of labor, loving and being loved, with the knowledge that he has a loving Heavenly Father who was taking care of him. 

Making and/or achieving some future goal is fine for those who are motivated and have the means to do so; they have their reward. My response in this article is for those who can’t seem to find that motivation and/or means. For example; those who struggle, day to day, to get the tiniest portion of food, water, shelter or protection they need just to survive; those who struggle, day to day, just to find the willpower to get up and move; those who are constantly setting and working for their goals only to find they are filling some kind of bottomless pit that will never be full; and those who struggle, day to day, unable to find the motivation or means to trust in a loving Heavenly Father as the source of their happiness because they think, or are told, they have to trust in themselves and/or their actions; etc.

Jesus said don’t worry about tomorrow because “sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.” He said God takes care of the birds of the air and the grass of the field and we are much more valuable to Him than they are. Is Jesus telling us to set goals? No. He is telling us we should trust in our Heavenly Father who knows what we need before we do.

We must realize, though, we are only human beings. We can’t or won’t always do or believe what we should; that is what makes us sinners. We are sinners because; by nature we will always look for a better way in ourselves and for ourselves and not of God. It’s in our nature to always want to ‘do’ something because we are motivated into believing something must be done. It’s in our nature to want what we think is good for us and not want the things we think are bad for us. We are confronted with a quality and quantity of opposites, such as; life/death, Heaven/Hell, salvation/sin, love/hate, success/failure, rich/poor, sight/blindness, etc. Because, by nature, we won’t want or desire the good if we don’t know what the bad is, first. We won’t trust in our Heavenly Father’s loving care if we trust in ourselves and think we are doing a good enough job on our own.

Like I said earlier; those who think they can set and/or accomplish their goals… have their reward. The rest of us come home after working all day just hoping for a pleasant and peaceful rest; loving and being loved, and hopefully, knowing there is a Heavenly Father who cares for us.