sea-of-tranquility_lWhen it comes to goal setting, I am probably up near the top of the list of people who regularly set goals. I set them daily but don’t always achieve them all; however, I am an optimist of some sort believing I can do more than most. I will never stop being that way because I want to achieve more in life and the only way to do that, in my opinion, is to set big goals…and lots of them….and to review them and take steps toward them every day.

Earlier this week, during quiet time, I was reflecting on what I had done the day before. I had a busy day at work. I was out of town. I was out of my normal routine and extremely tired last night so I didn’t get much accomplished. I was thinking about what I did do yesterday and how I could improve today. I decided that if I would do at least ten things today moving me toward my goals that I would be content. These ten things wouldn’t have to be huge. Some may take only a minute while others may take an hour.

I seemed pretty pleased with my decision and began praying about it. God seemed to agree about doing ten and He already had the ten in mind. He said okay, here are ten things you can today that will bring you success. Here are ten things you can do today that will keep you focused. Here are ten things you can do today that will please me and help others. And here they are:

1. You must not have any other god but me.

2. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

3. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

5. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

6. You must not murder.

7. You must not commit adultery.

8. You must not steal.

9. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

10. You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.  Exodus 20:3-17 (NLT)

I smiled as God told me these things. He had pretty clear goals for me. He reminded me where my focus should be. It was not necessarily to be on getting things done for the world in the sense that I was thinking. He reminded me of my priorities in putting Him first.

I had been guilty of some of these things in the past…beginning with number one. I had even taken some of the more lightly than others not realizing that I needed to really think about my daily decisions and focus. God has reminded me that I already have ten daily goals to follow through on every day, all day, in my thoughts, words and actions.

I know we are a goal-oriented world but let’s not forget of the goals God gives us in His Ten Commandments. Those are the daily goals we need to put first in our lives. Then He will show us how to carry them out as we share His word with others. Let’s make sure our goals are the same as God’s goals are for us today.

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