all-consuming goals.  does that sound familiar?  it does to me.  occasionally, God chooses to remind me that i tend to get single-mindedly focused on one particular all-consuming goal. 

i’m focused.  i set a goal and achieve it.  so, what’s the problem?

i tend to neglect everything else.

recently, it’s been getting in shape.  is that a bad thing?  no.  heck, i’m 38.  for my own health, i want to be in shape and healthy.  i set my goal and i achieved it, plus.  i lost over 20 pounds.  clothes are fitting better.  i feel better about myself.  i’m hoping that my heart is healthier when i work out.  i hope that by eating healthy and exercising regularly, i am setting a good example for my teenage son.   

so, like i said, how can this be a bad thing?  

Proverbs 31:30  “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;  but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

1 Peter 3:3-5 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.”

i’m not saying that i’ve strayed purposefully from the Lord, i’m saying that at the end of the day, i find myself asking what did i do to beautify the inside of my heart.  did i spend time in the Word?  prayer? 

it’s easy to want to look good.  and it’s rewarding.  people see the outside.  they compliment it.  i can see the changes every time i walk past a mirror.  

it’s harder to “find time” to spend in God’s Word.  

Why is that?

i don’t know.  maybe you are better at it than i am.  i am a list person.  i see what’s on my “to-do” list and that is what i do.  YET, grooming & exercising aren’t on my “to-do” list, yet i do them.  why is it so easy to bump my quiet time to the bottom of my mental list?  i don’t know.  i go through periods of time, when it is easier.  when i daily find time to spend in God’s Word. 

and as i look back at those times. days/weeks/months when it was easy.  when i made time to read God’s Word.  to meditate on it.  to learn from it.  to listen to God.  to walk closer with Him. 

in those times,  i can see the beauty within me.

new goal:  nurture the beauty within, by spending time in God’s Word and drawing closer to my Savior.


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3 comments on “all-consuming goals”

  1. Thank you for reminding me about inner beauty found with a heart for God. I have been feeling a bit sad that I am so out of shape for a 31 yr old and is beginning to get obesessed with how I look on the “outside”. 1 Peter reminds me what is important too. I will pray for your new Goal 🙂

  2. great verses! I always think of the Proverbs one when i look in the mirror and feel like i don’t “measure up”. almost every time it makes me feel better. don’t be so hard on yourself, every time i’m with you….i always see the beauty within!! love you!

  3. thanks lisa! you too–you are a great reminder of the Proverbs 31 woman….an excellant encouragement….I am so glad God gave us the gift of friendship!

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