A Harvard study revealed that less than three percent of our population has written goals.† It is also well documented that those with clearly defined, written goals have a much higher success rate than the other ninety-seven percent.†
God gives us the awesome freedom to choose our goals in life.† There is good biblical precedent for being specific when we set our life goals and as we seek Godís help in reaching them.† There was an event in Jesusí ministry which gives us some interesting principles to keep in mind.†
Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"† The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"†† Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.†
"Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."† Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him† (Matt. 20:30-34).
First of all notice that the men had to be persistent.† When the crowd tried to silence them they shouted all the louder.† Donít expect the approval of the masses when you start reaching for your goals.† The need for herd warmth and approval fosters mediocrity.† The minute you decide to become more, life will test your resolve.† You will need to develop persistence.†
Secondly, they had to be bold.† Jesus was passing by and he would never return.† It was now or never.† When Jesus asked them what they wanted him to do for them they didnít beat around the bush.† They didnít have time to.† They came right out with it and said, ďLord, we want our sight.Ē†
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, they had to be specific.† It seems to me that it was pretty obvious what they needed.† But these men had made a general request, they said, "Lord, have mercy," so Jesus insisted that they narrow down their request and tell them exactly what they wanted, specifically. When they did, Jesus responded with a miracle.† Too often our prayers are vague.† Often we donít get what we want because we donít know what we want.
So, seek Godís help in setting and reaching Christ honoring goals in your life. Be persistent, be bold, and be specific.†† Join the three percent.