Maybe you love goal setting. Maybe you despise it. Regardless of how they make us feel, my experience says, not much happens without a goal. Not many people end up with a job they did not work hard for; or a degree they did aim for; or a great marriage they did not focus specific energy on. The age old adage is true. "If you aim for nothing, don't be surprised when you get nothing."
Sadly, as a youth pastor, I think most teens today have a reputation for not doing much with their lives. I personally don't want anything to do with raising up a generation of apathetic young adults or perpetuate the myth that teens cannot do GREAT things with their lives TODAY! We could surely do a whole series of blog posts on motivation and helping teens find one worth living for. But for today, let's just agree that a chief indicator of healthy and purposeful living among anyone- teens included- is clear goals. Goal setting, when done right, is a great destroyer of pointless living.
So on Wednesday morning as I ran on our treadmill to try and keep my focus clear on my goals of physical fitness that I've set for myself, I heard this story on the Today show about Jordan Romero- a 15 year old young man who on Christmas Eve 2011 became the youngest to ever climbed the 7 highest peaks on the all 7 continents. As I listened to his story and interview, it was such a clear no-brainer lead-in to a discussion on goals with students that I went searching for it and then showed it in our small groups on Wednesday night.
You can also have the student scripture and goal worksheet I passed out too if you want. You can download that here as well.
Now let's go out and kick apathy in the teeth and fight with Jesus to raise up a generation of passionate people who sincerely love God, fight for justice, and live radically for the Kingdom of God on purpose... setting their sites on some God-honoring clear goals for 2012.