Spiritual Goals

Categories: Freshness and Newness

Help your pupils prepare a grid for accomplishment of their goals. For example:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Pray daily X                      
Put God 1st M                      
Read a Bible
story (nightly)
Be more loving X                      


X = accomplished
M = most of the time

Or whatever code. Make the chart for each child so the child can keep track of his or her progress. There is nothing wrong with missing the mark, we just keep working at it, we don't give up.

  • What kind of spiritual goals have you set for this year? (studying the Bible, praying each day, forgiving, planned acts of kindness, etc.)
  • How will these goals improve your ability to help others?
  • How will your goals improve your contribution to family? Church? Friends? School? Sports? Hobbies?
  • If any of these goals are about character change, talk about the importance of asking God if these are goals He has for them.
  • Are the Ten Commandments goals? How so?
  • What's the difference between a law and a goal?
  • Is the speed limit a goal or a law?
  • What would keep us from achieving our goals?
  • How can we guarantee that we will be successful in achieving our goals?
  • What does prayer have to do with our desire to be better?
  • What qualities do you want to express this year?
  • What kinds of goals does God have for us? (look at the goals for different figures of the Bible: Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Gideon, Samson, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Job, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, Abednego, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Mary, John the Baptist, and Jesus,)

Teachers: You might want to put each name of the Bible characters above (and add others) on index cards and let children draw them out of a stack. Their responsibility is to tell a little bit of the character's story and what kind of goals God gave him or her. This may take a few Sundays. It is a great review and shows our accountability all year to be in service to God.