How to Create a Faith-Filled Life Goal List

I recently took on a challenge from Mark Batterson’s Book, “The Circle Maker,” to write a life goals list. This list includes 6 sections: Family, Travel, Influential, Financial, Experiential, and Physical. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to fill out your own Life Goals list, so grab a pen and paper and get ready to think!

It is important to write down our life goals because it helps us create direction and structure in our lives when we look at what we want to accomplish. There’s also something to be said about the power of simply writing things down. Whether you are 16 or 60, it’s never too late to write your life goals down!

This goal list is centered around a faith base, but if you don't have a relationship with Christ or a faith, it doesn't mean you can't use my worksheet and work through this. Just know that I will be coming at this from a place of faith.

Before we begin…

Prayer Intertwined

If we have a relationship with Christ and consider ourselves a Christian, then prayer should be an integral part of determining and pursuing our life goals. I loved this quote from the book:

“If you set goals in the context of prayer, there is a much higher likelihood that your goals will glorify God, and if they don’t glorify God, then they aren’t worth setting. So start with prayer.”

We should be praying over our goals as we determine them and write them down. Our purpose on this earth is to glorify God, so if our goals aren’t doing that in some way, then it is better for us spiritually if we don’t accomplish them.

We will talk about what that looks like for each section on the goal sheet.

Also, we can be praying over our goals after we write them down. I think this allows God to help us bring the goals that glorify him to fruition.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Complete

Some of the sections on my life goal list don’t have much listed. One section currently doesn’t have anything at all!

When I sat down to fill it out, it wasn’t something I had thought about or prayed about in depth.  I didn’t want to just write things down to write them down.

I acknowledge I may develop some more family goals if/when I have kids and as they get older. Maybe I will develop more influential goals as I feel God calling me to do different things during my life.

So don’t write something down just to write it down. You can always come back and add more to your list. Really think and pray about your goals and know that you can add more as life goes on!

Part 1: Family

I think there are a variety of ways family goals can glorify God.

One of my goals is to go on a mission trip with my husband. I believe it glorifies God by serving others and will also help us grow in our relationship as husband and wife.

Another goal of mine is to go to the San Diego Comic-Con with my parents and sisters, a long term dream of ours. That may not seem like it glorifies God on the surface, but having and/or cultivating a healthy relationship with your family brings God glory as well.

He has blessed me with a beautiful family and gifted us with similar nerdy interests, so I want to create those experiences with them. It also gives us the opportunity to model for others how a Christian family should act. At times we definitely fall short, but it gives us the opportunity to work on ourselves personally and as a family, and for God to work in us.

So just because one of your life goals may not be directly ministering to others, it doesn’t mean it won’t glorify God.

Go ahead and write down any family goals that you feel God has put on your heart or that will glorify Him. 

Here are some of mine to give you a better idea: Go to the Kentucky Derby with my Mom.Hike the path to Mordor in New Zealand with my sisters (if you haven’t picked up on it yet, we are mega nerds) :)Go to Europe with my Family.

Part 2: Influential

These are goals that are meant to influence someone else’s life.

For example, one of my goals is to preach a sermon. The idea of it scares the heck out of me, but I think it is something I want to and am called to do at some point.

Another goal of mine is to write and sell 100 copies of a fitness program. Again, on surface level, it may not seem like that glorifies God, but in doing so, I am teaching others how to be healthy stewards of the body God has given them.

Go ahead and take time to go over your Influential Life Goals.

Here are some of mine to give you a better idea:host a bible study.write a nutrition program and sell 100 copies.write 100 blog posts.

Part 3: Experiential

These are things we want to experience.

For me personally, there are just some activities that truly make me feel God’s presence and power. If there is an experience that will help you deepen your relationship with God, then go for it!

Again, focus on this section and pray over it.

Here are some of mine to give you a better idea:

Go swimming with manta rays.Go on a hot air balloon ride.Learn how to play 100 songs on a single instrument.

Part 4: Physical

Things that develop physical discipline will also help with developing spiritual discipline.

This section I currently have empty on my own goal sheet. That may seem weird for a personal trainer, but as general health and fitness is such a normal part of my life, I haven’t really taken the time to determine long term goals other than staying fit. And that’s okay!

I want to make sure that I don’t just write down something to write it down.

If you have something in mind here that you’ve been saying you want to accomplish, no matter how big or small, then write it down. If not, take time to think and pray over it.

Part 5: Travel

I think this is similar to the experiential section. God gave us an incredible world to enjoy. If He wants us to see it, He will create the opportunities for us to experience it.

Focus on this section.

Here are some examples of mine to give you a better idea:

Visit the Holy Land.See the Pyramids.Visit the Dunvegan castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland where my ancestors are from.

Part 6: Financial

Lastly, financial. God asks us to be good stewards of our money.

I was encouraged by the author of this book to set goals for increased giving-to-living ratios as I get older. For example, right now my goal is to tithe 10% of our income. As my husband and I get more stable in our jobs, I have subsequent goals increasing that ratio to giving 20%, 50% and 90% and living off the rest.

Now we may not meet all those goals. Living off 10% of our income may never be feasible for us. It depends on our income, life, and what God wants and allows us to give. But there’s nothing wrong with setting a goal and not reaching it, and I believe in a big God who can do big things.

Better to have set the goal and worked towards it than to not have set it at all.

Focus on this section.

Here are some examples of mine to give you a better idea:

Pay off all our student loans by age 30.Own our own home. Live off of 50% and give 50% of our income.

Wrapping Up

I suggest hanging this goal sheet somewhere you will see it often. The more we can look at it and remind ourselves of it, the more likely we will be to accomplish these goals.

I know of a few of my goals that I specifically want to focus on completing over the next few years. It can be helpful to set yearly goals to help with progress towards an influential goal or saving up for a travel goal.

Whatever your goals are, I pray that you will find success in them and that they will bring glory to God :)

I would love to hear some of your life goals! Please comment them below, or share a picture of your finished goal worksheet with me!