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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.