Daily D – 2 Corinthians 5:9
2 Corinthians 5:9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. (NIV)
What is the single most important goal of your life?
This requires an assessment of life roles. The four main roles in my life are these:
* Our Father’s Son
* World’s Foremost Expert (in my wife and kids)
* Life Story Maximizer
* Restorative Recreator
There are sub-roles flowing from each of these four main storylines. There are also sub-roles for each sub-role. When I stop each week and assess what went right, what went wrong, what was confused, and what was missing, I do so starting with these top four roles. Most of my life story – the good, the bad, and the ugly – is told in these roles.
When I look at these top-level roles through the lens of 2 Corinthians 5:9, I have to straightforwardly ask and honestly answer,
* Have I pleased God in my walk with him?
* Have I deepened and broadened my expertise in my family?
* Have I helped others live the life of God’s dreams for them?
* Have I engaged in restorative recreation?
The quality and value of my life are determined by how fully I express alignment and attunement with God in each of these storylines.
What are your top roles and goals?
* What is your role and goal for knowing and experiencing God day by day?
* What is your role and goal for serving your family?
* What is your role and goal for your work?
* What is your role and goal for recreation?
These ideas and questions help us reflect on weeks as they go by. They also help us plan for the week ahead. This takes around fifteen minutes a week.
At the end of each quarter, look back at the thirteen weekly reports.
* What are the trends?
* What needs more attention?
* What adjustments are necessary?
* Who can help you make the most of your next opportunities?
At the end of each year and the doorstep of the New Year,
* What victories will you build on?
* What setbacks will you overcome?
* What new thing will you accomplish?
* What old thing will you improve?
The Apostle Paul tells us here the number one goal of life is to please God. This includes knowing and experiencing him and helping others do the same. This means living the life he designed for you which is better than any you could design for yourself. This leads to deeply investing in the people, work, and restoration essential for what constitutes the good life.
Take a moment now and create a simple plan for when you will assess the week gone by and plan the one ahead. Block this time on your calendar. Do the same kind of calendar blocking for the weekly, quarterly, and annual reviews ahead for the next two years.
It is amazing how making it our goal to please God makes life so much better in every storyline of our lives.
I will make it my goal to please God in every storyline of my life.
Our Father, in my walk with you, in my home and family, in my work, and in my recreation, I want to please you. I want to honor you and serve others. I want to know you and experience you in ever-deeper fellowship and friendship. I want to overflow with your goodness and grace in all places and at all times. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.