This series is inspired by the book The Law of Happiness (Howard Books, 2011) by Dr. Henry Cloud, a Christian psychologist and counselor. Dr. Cloud’s book is a look at happiness from a Biblical/Christian perspective. I’m building on Dr. Cloud’s thoughts and want to give him proper credit.
Happy People Pursue Goals
I normally try to take Monday as my day off each week. After doing ministry Tuesday through Sunday I am often ready for my Monday version of the Sabbath. Resting from doing active ministry does not mean I do nothing. I usually have enough tasks around the house and yard to do. In fact, it’s rather strange, if I get up Monday morning with no goal for the day in mind I feel rather blah. Fortunately, Diann is quick to provide me with some goals for the day!
People who get things done generally have goals and most of the time we’re happier if we feel we’ve accomplished some goals. I recently read an interview with fiction author Stephen King. His goal is to write 1500 words a day, and that’s how he cranks out the books in a prolific way (no comment here on whether it’s good literature). I have set for myself the goal of turning out a Midweek E-mail Update every Wednesday and I always feel good when it’s done, and I felt good last week that I reached the milestone of having written 300 of these Updates. It’s happened because I set a goal. This being so, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always set enough goals or the right goals for myself. I need Dr. Cloud’s reminder to be a good goal setter!
Dr. Cloud concludes his chapter on this subject by stating, “God made you like him, a person who is creative, has talents, brains, and abilities, and can see into a future that does not yet exist. Goals will help you bring all of those together. Create your dreams, large and small, and engage your talents and abilities to create the tomorrow that you envision. It will definitely add to your happiness.” (p. 73)
We can’t leave the subject of goal setting without being reminded that our plans should conform to what we understand to be God’s will for us. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3) God’s goals for us are the best!