What must you do in 2022? This goal would be a priority in value and in determination. You are resolved, devoted, and determined to get it done in 2022. What would your number one goal be for 2022?
Maybe you’d like to do something more or less, accomplish a task you’ve been attempting for years to achieve, or it may be something totally different you’ve never sought to accomplish before. What would it be? If you took out a piece of paper, what would you write down to be your Number One Goal in 2022?
Are you a Christian? Are you a follower of God? How does what you wrote down line up with God’s goal for your life? How do you know God’s goal for your life? Does God have a goal for your life?
I believe God has a goal for everyone’s life and I believe there is one priority of a valuable thing for us to accomplish, strive for, and devote ourselves to each year and especially in 2022. We find it in Mark 12:30 – “You (Christian, follower of God) shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
God has given us right there the very first goal all of us Christians should have as our valuable, prioritized, devoted to, and determined to do goal for 2022.
How does having “Love the Lord your God . . .” as your goal make you feel? Are you excited about this goal, opportunity, quest? Do you feel exhausted and unable to measure up? Is your declaration, “I do that already, I need something more exhilarating.”
Consider making “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” as your Number One Goal in 2022. Then, as you seek to be successful at any other goal you establish, set the practices and measures in place to be successful at this prioritized goal.
These are 5 things you can put in place to be successful at keeping this goal, working towards this end, and devoting yourself to accomplishing this task with your “all” in 2022. (Golden Rules of Goal Setting)
- Be motivated by this goal. Know it has been ordained for you to do this since the foundation of the world. Remember God went first. He demonstrated His love to you already . . .even when you were not loveable. God allows you to love Him, accepts your love, and desires to be in a relationship with you. Remind yourself this goal is valuable and worth keeping.
- Be SMART in this goal. Set a visual display of what this goal looks like – to love God with your “all”. How can this goal be measured in your expense of time and effort to accomplish and grow in your love to and for God? What specific growth patterns do you want to experience? How will loving God make your life more worth living? What time frames will you use to step back and “evaluate” your accomplishment to love God with your “all”?
- Write it down. Decide this goal of loving God with your “all” is something that you want as your priority in 2022. Write it down on paper. Put it somewhere you can see it multiple times a day. Consider putting it as a daily reminder in your phone or as an alarm to help you remember what you’ve decided to be priority in your life.
- Decide how you will “live out” this goal. What are specific things you will do in every aspect of your life to promote this goal of loving God with your “all”. You can create plans of action related to specific categories of your life such as your personal life, free time, family life, etc. Another way you can think about setting an action plan is to categorize in terms of habits such as personal study, reading, prayer, journaling, meditation, etc. Whatever action plan you establish make it workable for you. Start small and you can add to it later. You may make one change for 30 days, then add a new habit for the next 30 days, adding a new focus every 30 days.
- Just do it! Remember you are “human”, so you are not “perfect”. Give yourself grace if you don’t do this “love goal” perfectly. You are in a relationship with the lover of your soul. He wants you more than you want Him. Just do the goal, rehearse it regularly, and live it out intentionally.
Whether you feel like you’ve failed before you’ve started good or you feel pumped feeling you’ve already succeeded before you’ve taken the first action; God is your help. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Seeking to love God as your prioritized and determined goal in 2022 is pleasing to the Lord. You are following His command and He will direct your every path.
Let’s strive with our “all” to Love God with our “all” in 2022.
Written By: Anne Gurley