Main Idea

Finding your best life always begins with trusting God with all of your life.

Starter

Sometimes even our best plans in life don’t work out. Share a plan you had for your life in high school or college that didn’t work out, but you’re glad it didn’t?

Discuss

What qualities stand out in something or someone who’s trustworthy?

It’s important to realize that your plans or goals are as much about what you pursue as how you pursue them. What makes a goal worthy? How can a deep level of trust in God give us confidence to set goals when we are uncertain about our next step?

Read

Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 3:4-16

In Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon says the best life is lived by “doing” or “not doing” three things. What are the three things he talks about? How are these related to planning for your best life?

In Philippians 3, Paul goes further as he sees his own “best life” consumed by one goal. What is that goal?

Why is Paul pursuing that goal?

How is Paul pursuing that goal?

Apply

Goals gives us hope, focus, strength and character. These don’t stand alone, separated from God. Make God your goal. This is your Best Life!

The best life for you and me is a life filled with God-trusting dependence, or leaning. Right now, does your life look more like “trusting in the Lord” or “leaning on your own understanding”? If so, what do you need to do to shift your perspective?

Towards the end of the message, we were asked to set small goals by looking at four different areas (Physical, Financial, Relational and Spiritual). In which of these areas do you have the hardest time setting goals? What’s one small goal you can set this week that will help you trust God in that area?

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