Every December, I set goals for the New Year. You probably do too.

Goals not only direct our efforts, but they stimulate them as well. As the adage says, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

Before you finalize your goals however, just one question: would your list change if you filtered each goal through John 5:30?

I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

If we want lasting accomplishment from our goals, we must use Christ’s definition of success—accomplishing the will of the Father.

I do always those things that please him…. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.—John 8:29, 17:4

As you make or review your goals for 2012, ask yourself, does this goal help me do “the will of the Father”? Does it better fit me to serve God? Does it fall into the scope of God’s plan for my life?

Charting your goals by the will of the Father might nix some goals. But it might add some.

Do your goals match God’s will?

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