It’s something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to recently. As we have considered how to have our best year ever in 2015, it brings me back to foundational questions: Who am I? What is my mission? What are my goals? And does my weekly agenda match up with the previous three questions?
I believe those four questions I just asked are questions that everyone needs to think through, especially those of us who are following Christ. We must pray as Moses did, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90.12)
It starts with identity, then moves to mission, which establishes the nature of our goals, which are accomplished through our habits, or routine.
IDENTITY > MISSION/ PURPOSE > GOALS > HABITS/AGENDA
As Christians, it’s really a matter of us becoming who we are. In Christ, we are everything we ever would want to be. The issue is for us to learn to walk in the reality of who we now are (Ephesians 4.1). That comes through affirming our identity in Christ, reminding ourselves of our mission, establishing goals based on our mission, and then doing things (habits) through our week (agenda) which result in the accomplishment of those goals.