It's the end of another year. We can't help but look back at the past twelve months and reflect on all we've done, the places we've been, the challenges we've faced, our successes and failures. With a new year comes great expectation as we seek to improve and make changes in our life. And like everyone else this time of year, we are setting goals and resolutions to help us accomplish those changes in the year ahead. It's no different when it comes to our families. We have hopes and plans for them as well. We want to see them grow in their faith. Perhaps we also want to see our children do better in school. Maybe we hope to see them mature and improve in a particular behavior or sin struggle. Or maybe we desire to spend more time together as a family.
Whatever our hopes for our family this year, there is one goal we should pursue that outshines all other goals. It's the goal that we were made to pursue. It's the goal that shapes our life and every other endeavor. And in pursuing this goal, we'll find every other goal fall into place.
What is that goal? The Westminster Confession puts it like this: "the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever." Paul said something similar when he said, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). The Psalmist declared that there is nothing on earth that he desired apart from God, "Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm 73:25-26).
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