Thursday, March 8, 2012
Did Jesus Have SMART Goals?
A couple of weeks ago my team approved our 2012 Operation Christmas Child ministry plan. We prayed and worked to construct goals that were SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-sensitive.)
I love the training we receive in Operation Christmas Child that teaches us how to do this important work of goal-setting, but I still wonder: did Jesus have SMART goals?
Jesus had a purpose or mission statement. He said He "came to do my Father's will." In Mark 10:45 he further stated his ministry purpose when He said, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
But what would SMART goals have looked like for Jesus?
I will heal 50 people this month with 100% accuracy.
I will speak to 75 groups of at least 50 people each in the next three months to cast the vision of my Kingdom principles.
I will draw aside to a solitary place to pray for one hour once per day each day for the next year.
My disciples will demonstrate understanding of at least four parables with 50% accuracy within six months.
Umm, the gospels don't mention anything about a neat, specific, measurable plan. But Jesus knew the secret to having a successful ministry--He listened to His Father and obeyed Him daily.
I'm happy to have the guideline of a plan for our Operation Christmas Child team, but I recognize that the most important thing is to follow God on a daily basis and wait on Him to lead us step by step.
That's the only really SMART goal.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 3:05 PM