[blockquote source=”Psalm 127:1 (NIV)“]Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.[/blockquote]

Five-year Plan
As I plunge into the thick and thin of crafting my five-year plan going forward, I’ve included outcomes of different areas of my life. This includes dimensions from spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, time, financial, relational, and professional.

Holistic approach
I believe that in setting goals, we need to strive towards a holistic approach rather than to focus only of some areas. Typically, one would set goals in areas such as financial and professional. These are usually the areas that most people gravitate towards. Unless one has a conscious focus on areas such as physical and relational; these are normally left out until a crisis looms.

Labor in vain
From today’s verse, we may expend all our resources to work towards the goal and yet labor in vain. So the question that I am struggling with is basically how do we ensure that our efforts are not in vain?

The answer, my friends, is two-fold. One, our goals must be aligned to God’s will. Two, the approach in which we will take is that of love.

Love one another
God’s will is simply this: to love one another. That’s it. When we love another there will be many things we would do for that person. We would go the extra mile, we would labor day and night, we would even endure the suffering in order to get the job done. In other words, we will do whatever it takes.

Do it with love
That said, one may do whatever it takes, but do so in a disgruntled manner. Where it is filled with anger, hatred, jealousy. That’s not the way that God wants you to approach your work. God wants me to approach my work with love.

So, brothers and sisters, it may be worthwhile for you to review the goals you have written, to see if those goals are in alignment with God’s will and also examine the approach that you’d take when doing the work.

Father, we pray that as we craft and review the goals we have written, we are filled with the wisdom to align them to Your will. And as we execute our actions towards the goal, we do it with love, just like how Jesus does it. In Jesus name, Amen.

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