The most popular Bible passage on evaluation and goal setting is Psalm 90:12.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Paul summarized it this way “redeeming the time” (Eph 5:16).
You can’t redeem the time unless you know how much you have spent and how much you have left.
Your days are numbered. Try this calculation.
Take the number in Psalm 90:10 and subtract your age. That is how many years you have left to redeem. (If your number is negative think of yourself as 5 years younger and recalculate ~ you’re a child at heart right?)
There were 12 months last year. What did you accomplish for the Lord?
Did you grow in your knowledge of God’s word?
Did you see anyone saved by the gospel?
Did you bear the fruit of ministry from God’s word working effectually in you?
If not, why not?
Take stock of the past. Be honest about the failures. Thank God for the successes. Move on.
There are 12 months next year. You can get a lot done in that amount of time. At least get something done for the Lord.
Write that something down now. It won’t happen by accident. Be specific. Make plans to get it done.
You should not be where you are at now at this time next year, because you will have redeemed the time.
For His glory,
Justin “moving the grace movement” Johnson