Chaplain’s Column: Live Intentionally - 2 Timothy 4:6-8
In reading the Bible, Paul was a man who lived life to the fullest. His goals were set to know Christ, abide in His power, fellowship in His suffering, and preach the gospel (Phil. 3:10; 1 Cor. 1:17). In doing so, he aligned his aspirations with the Lord's, worked hard to fulfill his calling, and persevered despite all opposition, persecution, and suffering. At the end of his life he could face it with confidence since he'd "fought the good fight," "finished the course," and "kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7).
I believe we all would like to be able to say the same at the end of our lives, but that would mean that we would have to follow Paul's example. Realizing that the following questions would need to be asked of us, how are we doing at setting goals for our lives? Has any thought been given beyond the immediate and have any long-term objectives been set? Our culture is so fast-paced that few of us take the time to actually consider where we're going. But you don't want to finish your life and find out you were on a course other than God's, fighting the wrong fight, and struggling to keep the faith.
Perhaps we should set aside some time this week to get alone with the Lord. Then ask His help in setting goals that will take you where He wants you to go. Consider every area of your life--personal, relational, financial, and vocational--but make spiritual goals your primary emphasis. Then write them down.
If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. Maybe we need to find a new path and get out of the rut that some may be in. With God’s help we can change our direction and accomplish new goals that align with His will. Don't settle for the mediocrity of an unplanned life. Start living intentionally.
Yours In Christ