I saw a sign recently at a school that made me stop and think. So much so that I had to take a picture.
“Do your actions reflect what you say your goals are?” That’s a great, and very deep question that applies to many areas of our lives. It also raises so many more questions that I have to ask myself from time to time. I thought I’d take a minute and share a few with you.
Spiritual: Am I walking daily as Christ calls me to?
Matthew 7:15-20 – 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
This passage always gets me wondering…do people view me as a good tree, or a bad tree? How does God view my fruit? After all, he is the chief fruit inspector. Do my actions always show others I am a Christian? If a film crew followed me around for a day without me knowing they were watching, would those viewing the tape know I was a Christian from my actions?
Professional: Is my career where I truly want it to be? If not, what can I do to make my goal a reality? Am I working toward my dream job/professional goals, or am I endlessly spinning my wheels while claiming that I’m “trying” to reach them? (Thanks Tyler for the heads-up on “trying!”)
Relational: Am I truly doing the things I need to do every day to be a good friend to others? Am I constantly working to improve my relationship with my wife? Am I working toward being a better husband? A better friend? A better co-worker?
Financial: Am I sticking to my financial plan? Am I managing my money in a way that honors God, provides for my family, and plans for my future? Am I constantly making frivolous purchases while there are still financial commitments that need to be met? Am I truly doing all I can to get out of debt and change my family tree?
There are many other topics and questions that I could mention, but I won’t do that here. I can’t say that I answer all of these questions perfectly all the time, but they are questions that constantly run through my mind to help guide my decisions. The tricky part isn’t asking the questions, or really answering them. It’s making adjustments and corrections as needed once the answers have been given.
“Do your actions reflect what you say your goals are?”
What are some of your goals, and how can you change your actions to accomplish them?
One thought on “Actions”
Helloooooo reality check.
What an incredibly challenging question. I have so many goals that I tend to change up to meet the moment’s needs (not all of them, just the ones that aren’t really clear, and in my head only).
Sounds like you laid down a great framework, though!