September 28, 2016

Must We Set Goals? - Bruce Atchison

This month's theme makes me feel guilty. Why? Because I've not even begun to meet my goal of writing my manuscript of You Think You're Going to Heaven? My New Year's resolution has fallen by the wayside, just as have the autumn leaves.

But should I feel guilty? Look at what James 4:13-16 (BBE) says. "How foolish it is to say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth:' When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone. But the right thing to say would be, 'If it is the Lord's pleasure and if we are still living, we will do this and that.' But now you go on glorying in your pride: and all such glorying is evil.

While it's folly to assume that we will accomplish something, it's still important to plan. I blew it when I resolved to write an entire manuscript this year. Even so, I have been blogging on the topic of who the Bible says will go to heaven.

I still plan on writing my book, even though I've been distracted from actually writing the entire manuscript. In the dark days of winter, I plan on expanding on my blog posts so that I can include them in my next book.


  1. Elizabeth Bly11:51 am GMT-7

    Always a big fan looking forward to anything you write.

  2. You've give us a excellent scripture passage to remind us that we can make plans, Bruce, but we need to make the proviso mentally or openly that our times are in God's hands. To put a colloquial twist on this, we could say, "The Lord willin' and the creek don't rise."

  3. I think a lot of people mistakenly feel guilty when they don't meet their goals. I prefer thinking of them as a 'framework'.


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