Day 4: Purpose and Goals
Recently my pastor was speaking, and a phrase stuck with me, “If you don’t plan your life, someone else will.” This is a plain and simple statement but packed with meaning. Thinking on this statement, it really speaks truth. If we are not consciously focusing on our lives—not just our day-to day-lives but in our education, career, and other life choices—certain aspects will just work themselves out. This might not always turn out the way you intended. When focusing on how I want my life to go, there are some words that help guide me toward doing my best.
Purpose is a word that has meaning which can go in whatever direction you want it to. Having purpose in the direction you want to go sets the groundwork for your future. Big decisions lie ahead, for example a career and how you want to serve Christ. Undoubtedly, these can go hand-in-hand, but when establishing your purpose in life and striving for greatness, having an established purpose for your life will keep you motivated and keep you working toward your potential.
Goals is another word that helps me achieve the best in my life. Attainable goals are great, but also long term goals are beneficial as well. Goals will keep you focused, and the time and effort you spend on these goals can help block distractions from other things that can hinder your potential. Establishing a purpose as well as goals will help you stay on track to reach your potential, and addressing these every day will keep you focused on doing your best in whatever the direction the Lord leads you in your life.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” -Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
Written by Jason Westbrook ’11
Jason Westbrook is a firefighter/EMT with Cobb County Fire & Emergency services. He has worked in public safety for almost fifteen years. Jason also worked at Woodland Christian Camp & Retreat Center for years in multiple capacities. He has MS in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Jason is married to Sarah Westbrook and they have two sons. He and his family reside in Carrollton, Georgia.