What Philippians 4:8 Has To Do With Goal Setting

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I’ve shared a lot about setting goals here. I evaluate my goals for the year, for the month, and for the week. While I don’t always reach my goals, I always seem to learn a new lesson in the attempt. This summer I seem to have taken one particular lesson from my head to my heart.

What you think about, you bring about.

I have heard this expression for years and I never doubted that it was true. I know my thoughts are certainly not more powerful than God’s ~ and I cannot control His Creation with my mind.

What I can do is choose to focus on the positive results that are possible ~ instead of the negative aspects of my current circumstances.

I understood this in a new way when a speaker put it this way at a conference earlier this year. She gave the example of someone who doesn’t have enough money to pay their bills. If that individual focuses on the lack, the debt, the scarcity, they are choosing to continue in that struggle and might even increase their debt. Now, consider if the same individual looks at the situation and thinks about using their talents to creatively increase their income ~ or agrees with their spouse to cut cable and reduce their expenses. Then they are putting the positive spin on the same scenario. They are choosing to think about the positive results they want to bring about.

I am continually amazed at how many things I think I know before they really “click” and I’m able to put them into action.

So back to goal-setting. When you set your goals, are you thinking about your failures or the success you want to have? When you recognize an obstacle to your goal, are you turning that thought around and considering the solutions? How can you tell if your goals are focused on the negative or positive?

That is where Philippians 4:8 comes into our goal-setting.

When I set goals, I can ask myself if the goal and the steps to achieve it will be noble, just, lovely, praiseworthy, and so on.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

What goals can you set for September that could be described by the words of Phil 4:8? Join us for this week’s 3 in 30 Linkup at Our Good Family.