For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
1. Improve the shining moments;
Don’t let them pass you by.
Work while the sun is radiant;
Work, for the night draws nigh.
We cannot bid the sunbeams
To lengthen out their stay,
Nor can we ask the shadow
To ever stay away.
2. Time flies on wings of lightning;
We cannot call it back.
It comes, then passes forward
Along its onward track.
And if we are not mindful,
The chance will fade away,
For life is quick in passing.
‘Tis as a single day.
3. As wintertime doth follow
The pleasant summer days,
So may our joys all vanish
And pass far from our gaze.
Then should we not endeavor
Each day some point to gain,
That we may here be useful
And ev’ry wrong disdain?
4. Improve each shining moment.
In this you are secure,
For promptness bringeth safety
And blessings rich and pure.
Let prudence guide your actions;
Be honest in your heart;
And God will love and bless you
And help to you impart.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by watching this video. Before you play it, ask everyone to think about how this video related to goal-setting.
Ask: What does this video teach us about goal-setting? Why is it important?
Read aloud: At the start of a new year, many people make resolutions. While these resolutions often don’t last, goal setting is an important gospel principle.
Elder Russell M. Ballard once said, “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential.”
Learning how to make and keep goals isn’t easy. We often have to make goals to make goals.
Ask: What are some goals you have made and achieved? What helped you keep those goals?
Read aloud: One common tool used by people around the world to set goals is called the SMART method.
Write the following out and describe each step:
- Specific – the goal should have a specific purpose and a specific end
- Measurable – you should be able to measure your goals in some tangible way
- Agreed – family goals (or any sort of group goal) should be made together and unanimous
- Realistic – your goals should be achievable with the tools you have
- Time-Based – you should be able to achieve or reach your goals in a set time frame
Finish the lesson by discussing how goals help us become more like God. Share any personal experiences that may relate. Complete the goal setting activity below.
Setting goals is an important part of the gospel. With this FREE printable, creating goals for a new year is easy. Get it here.
-1 (11 oz) bag Rolo candies (50 Rolo’s)
-50 mini pretzels
-50 pecan halves
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay pretzels in a single layer on baking sheet then place one Rolo candy in the center of each pretzel. Warm in preheated oven just until chocolate and caramel have softened, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven then press 1 pecan into each rolo candy. Transfer baking sheet to refrigerator and chill until chocolate has set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (preferably in a single layer – the chocolate softens up just a little at room temperature).
(Courtesy of Cooking Classy)
Goal Setting Activity
Have lots of papers, pens, glue, and magazines ready. Sit down together and use the SMART formula to begin creating goals for the new year. You can write things down, glue images together, or put it in a planner. Go over some of the goals together. Use the free printable above for extra help!
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.