Setting Your Objectives

Setting Your Objectives

For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
–Colossians 1:29

How can you identify your unique gifts and abilities? Let me share with you five questions you ought to ask yourself:

  1. What abilities do you have that other people seem to notice and appreciate?
  2. Suppose you were asked to give a “how-to” seminar in your church or civic group on any topic you chose. What topic would you feel most comfortable addressing?
  3. Outside of recreational pursuits, list five accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction. What aspect of these experiences did you enjoy?
  4. Is there a common denominator that you find in all or most of the above experiences? What is it?
  5. Hopefully, these questions have helped you identify one area in which you are both interested and gifted. In a word, what is that area?

Knowing what your giftedness is will help you identify your purpose. Now that you have identified both the needs that concern you and the gifts God has given you, see if you can write a sentence that describes your life purpose. “My purpose in life is to . . .”

Once you define your specific God-given purpose, it’s important to connect every part of your life to that overarching purpose. That’s where objectives come in. An objective is a statement expressing desires for specific areas of your life. Let’s see how to develop objectives for the seven major life areas. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you evaluate these areas of your life?

1. Spiritual 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2. Physical 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3. Family 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
4. Vocational 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
5. Personal Growth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
6. Social 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
7. Financial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

In some of those areas you may feel like you’re doing great. In those areas, your objective would be: “I want to keep doing whatever it is that’s given me success in that area.” However, if you scored less than a 7, you might formulate things you could do in those areas to improve. While a purpose statement completes the sentence “My reason for living is to . . .,” an objective statement completes the sentence “I want to . . .” or “I want to continue to . . .” for the seven major areas of life. Your objectives all ought to tie into the purpose that God has given you.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Choosing Purpose over Aimlessness” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2019.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.