Goal or Desire?
Radio Hostess: Renee Swope
Contributing Writer: Amanda Waldrop with Renee Swope

What’s the difference between a goal and a desire? Hi, I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Author Donna Otto asks this challenging question in her book, Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time.

She defines goals as things you or I alone, with God’s help, can make happen – like losing weight. She says that a desire, however, is something we want, but usually involves the cooperation of other people or circumstances to make happen. It’s easy to confuse the two. Often the goals we set really are desires and, if the other person involved fails us, we feel defeated.

She suggests that we break free from defeat by setting goals – things that we alone can accomplish. For example, if we desire healthy marriages, we can make it our goal to be good wives. We can rest in knowing we accomplished our goal and we let God fulfill our ultimate desire by working with our husband and our circumstances. For more encouragement in pursuing your goals and desires, visit Proverbs 31 Ministries at Proverbs31.org.

Related Resources:

Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time by Donna Otto

“Purposeful-Living”, ETC Jan 2005, by Marie Ogram


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