7 Characteristics of Soul Goals (That Turn SMART Goal Setting Upside Down)

Spiritual goals go by different rules than traditional goal setting. The 7 characteristics of soul goals turn goal setting upside down!

There is a popular acrostic that teaches that goals need to be SMART:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, & Time based.  However soul goals are based more on God’s wisdom than on our smarts.

What’s your soul goal?
–Let your soul flow with love, joy, and peace and you’ll be filled with pleasure.
–Let your soul roll with anger, sadness, and anxiety and you’ll be rocked with pain.

A soul goal is . . .

1) Qualitative not quantitative.  It’s not about how much, but about how pure, how real, how sincere, how inspired.

2) Free of time limits.  The only deadline for soul goals is the flat line that shows no heartbeat.

3) Not measurable.  “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”  –Paul of Tarsus

4) Flexible.  The closer we get to God, the more we allow Him to change our soul goals into His goals.

5) Not achievable.  Soul goals are spiritual gifts to the humble, not the achievements of the proud.

6) Himpossible.  When life takes a toll and you’re out of control, Christ can make your soul whole!

7) Approached by surrender not by striving.  The more we lay down our will and surrender to God’s will the more our soul will flow with His presence and gifts.

(A popular name for soul goals is spiritual formation.)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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