‘Looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race.’ Philippians 3:13–14 NLT
Back about a hundred years ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes, a Justice of the Supreme Court, lost his train ticket. As he searched for it, obviously irritated, the conductor tried to calm him: ‘It’s okay, Your Honour; just mail it in. We all know you and trust you.’
Holmes replied, ‘I’m not concerned about finding my ticket—I just want to know where I’m going!’
Having goals lets you know where you’re going in life. Fifty per cent of the people around you have no idea where they’re going. Another 40 per cent will go in any direction they’re led. The remaining 10 per cent know where they’d like to go—but fewer than half of them are prepared to pay the price to get there.
What enabled Jesus to endure the shame of the cross was His vision of the resurrection and a church that would one day change the world (Hebrews 12:2). Moses relinquished the comforts of Pharaoh’s palace because he envisioned the Promised Land (Hebrews 11:24–27). Store owner JC Penney said, ‘Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I’ll give you someone who’ll make history. On the other hand, give me someone without a goal, and I’ll give you a stock clerk.’
The truth is, while you are working on your goals, your goals are working on you. And the reward you get for reaching them isn’t nearly as important as what you become in pursuit of them. So, do you have goals? Are they clear enough to write down, short enough to fit into a paragraph, strong enough to help you persevere, and valuable enough to make you pay the price? If so, you’ll live to see them fulfilled.
SoulFood: Lev 21:1–23:25, Luke 21–25–28, Ps 50:1–15, Pro 10:3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023