I do have goals. Catchy headlines are key to grabbing readers.
But the KINDS of goals I have are different as a “blue chip” pastor. They are not numerical. Numbers are good. Growing a church or making disciples ADDS to the Kingdom. There are numbers.
Yet, I am not as consumed with “what are we running” week to week, or what we “want to run” in five years.
This verse from Abraham’s life captures me:
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. (Heb. 11:12)
Abraham didn’t put his faith in the promise of a new nation. He put his faith in the ONE who gave the promise of a new nation. At the end of his life, Abraham still had only one son. He didn’t see the “multitudes.” Yet, he knew it would come. His faith was in the One who promised.
I have dreams. New churches planted, leaders trained, countries impacted. But I can’t get to the end of my life and see the numbers. I need to get to the end of my life and in SPITE of the “numbers” look to the One who gave me those promises and say, “I know this is God.”
My GOAL is to keep my eyes glued to the One who gives me promises and dreams. When the rest of it happens is not up to me.