Are they goals or idols?

The leaders who influence your life have harped about the value of setting goals many times, so you finally sit down and put some goals in writing.

What is on that piece of paper … goals, or idols?

Often what we may think of as goals are really a list of idols, things that we want that can too easily hold a place of too much value in our lives. It’s not uncommon for us to create a list of goals for ourselves without ever talking these things over with God before making them our desires and pursuits.

Once we have our list of goals, we pour ourselves into pursuing them. Achieving our goals becomes our passion and focus; we spend our time, treasure, and talent trying to turn them into reality. In the process, it can be easy to displace God while chasing our own objectives. John warns us against doing this …

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts,” 1 John 5:21.

What are you pursuing, goals or idols? What role does God play in how you set goals?