Ever since hashtags have been popular, the word “goals” has been a common part of them. Goals, squad goals, relationships goals, outfit goals, etc. are commonly tagged all over social media. We look at other people’s lives and want to be like them. While it’s not wrong to see the good in others’ lives and want to have that same good in our own lives, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
Let’s look at Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. In other works, our ultimate “goals” should be to seek the kingdom of God and live a righteous life. Now, take for example, relationship goals. Imagine you have a friend who just found a great guy and is newly married. They met at a Christian college, dated intentionally, and had a storybook romance. Of course that looks great to you, and you want the same for your life. Is that wrong? No! It’s a godly thing to desire a godly relationship. The problem happens when suddenly the goal to get married overshadows your goal to seek the kingdom and live righteously.
When we take our eyes off of Jesus and set them on other goals, no matter how biblical or worthwhile those goals are, we can stray from the path that God has put us on. The plans He has for you are not exactly the same plans He has for your friends. Don’t focus on what others have; focus on Jesus. Will you stray at times? Of course you will! Every one of us does. When it happens, don’t beat yourself up about it, just set your eyes back on the kingdom and keep seeking the Lord. Believe it or not, God has goals for your life, too. He had things prepared for you long before social media ever existed, before you even existed! Keep seeking Him and you will find that that’s really the only goal you need!
Daily Reading: Matthew 6:33