Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.  — Proverbs 21:5 NLT

Have you ever got into the car with nowhere to go? Unless it’s to quiet a young child, driving with no purpose or destination leads to incredible frustration. We need to have a goal. A destination. The purpose is bigger than accomplishing one goal or having one destination, but as we pursue our purpose, there are goals we accomplish along the way. A goal gives us direction for a season. Goals are not the end, but a means to the end.

As I read through the story of Joshua, I was reminded that Jericho, God’s promised land for his people, was not the destination. It was the beginning of a long journey Joshua and the Israelites would be on together. It was the first of thirteen battles Joshua and his people would fight. Sometimes we think after the walls of Jericho fell, the people lived in paradise forever. Not true. The walls of Jericho represented a goal accomplished based on God’s plan for his people. The walls of Jericho gave Joshua and his people confidence in who God was and the journey he would lead them through.

Goals are essential to life because they help us accomplish the purpose God has given us. Lots of people have goals. Having the right goals is what helps us accomplish our purpose. A good filter for us to think through when it comes to goals setting is:

  1. GODLY – Is this goal centered on God, and does it bring glory to God?
  2. ON-TARGET – Is it on-target with God’s purpose and vision for your life?
  3. ACTIONABLE – What steps can you take to accomplish this goal?
  4. LIFE-GIVING – Does this goal bring life and Joy?
  5. SEEABLE – Is there a compelling vision attached to it?

Our goals aren’t only about what we want to accomplish; they are about what God wants to accomplish through us as part of his purpose for us. It’s important to get practical and put together a list of life goals and seasonal goals.


What are 3-5 life goals you have connected to your purpose? Use the GOALS acronym to filter your goals.