Can You Name Five Life Goals?

St. Andre - French Alps

St. Andre – French Alps.

I’m reading a fantastic book on prayer called The Circle Maker. Wendy Lawton of Books and Such Literary Agency recommended it, saying when she finished it, she bought 35 copies.

Praying to an unseen God can be really hard – especially if nobody’s ever taught you how or why it matters. This book does both.

Written by Mark Batterson who pastors National Community Church in Washington DC, this book is an anthology of miracles. Batterson tells every story backward, starting with a successful $3 million bid the church made on a rare piece of Capitol Hill real estate. Then he backs up a few years and explains the prayer that started it, which grew into many prayers, relentless prayers, boring daily prayers and an army of on-foot prayers circling the property until the deal closed.

It’s a book of evidence, but one that’s smart enough to tackle “unanswered” prayers or those where God says no. You should pick it up. It’s good.

Reading Batterson’s thoughts on goal setting, I noticed how neglected and mushy my own goals had become. How can you pray circles around things when you don’t even know what you want? He talked about a guy named John Goddard who at age 15 wrote down 127 life goals, ranging from milking a poisonous snake to learning Arabic. By the time he turned 50, he’d accomplished 108 of them.

Batterson writes:

The brain is a goal-seeking organism. Setting a goal creates structural tension…which will seek to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be, who you are and who you want to become…Goal setting is good stewardship of your right-brain imagination. It’s also great for your prayer life.

So, I began writing 100 life goals today – so I can circle them in prayer. Here are five:

  • Learn to fly a plane.
  • Live in France.
  • Build a Dream Center in Santa Cruz, California – (Whoa. Did I just said that out loud?)
  • Learn to play guitar well enough to play around a campfire.
  • Write bestselling books.

Nice would be nice.

At least two of those goals are impossible without God, it’s just a fact. The trick, Batterson says, is to work like it’s on me, but pray like it’s on God.

And so my friends, today is audience participation day at Going to the Sea.

  • Who are you?
  • What are you dreaming up?

In the comment section please inspire us:

Link up your blog if you like and post five of your own life goals. Be bold.

Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will and) so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3


12 thoughts on “Can You Name Five Life Goals?

  1. Erin…it’s good to be reminded to dream again. *Thank you* for that:)
    How weird can a dream be? I would like to be a detective sometimes. A book I’m reading inspired me, when it said “a detective helps people solve mysteries in their lives.”

  2. I had to go back to my dusty Life List for ideas on this one! I kept it up for a couple of years but haven’t looked at in a while. It was encouraging to see that several more get to be crossed off that list. Here are a few that are too big for me, but not too big for God.
    1. Write books that get published.
    2. Help Gabe write a book.
    3. Get Gabe to Europe.
    4. Get to know my grandchildren.
    5. Continue serving God with words both spoken and written.

    You can see my entire life list here!

    Travel and writing. My two favorite things!

  3. Hello Ms. Erin – 1. Find a job that I love that also lets me spend as much time as possible with my kids. Hopefully a job where I am my own boss. 2. To go back to New Zealand so my girls can experience one of the greatest places on earth and learn about their maori heritage. 3. For my marriage to last my entire lifetime (is that a goal, I think it is…). 4. To use my MPH on something that impacts my community. 5. To raise daughters who love and cherish life.

    • Hi Sherri. I love that you blogged about this. I had the same boost from listing some of mine. New Zealand – mmmm someday. Is MPH Masters in public health? All this and your two cute girls running around. Love it. xo

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