Human beings need goals. Without goals, people have no direction, no destination.
Of course, God is keenly aware of this and has included this necessity for us in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV).
The context of the passage tells us Paul was not a man who believed that once he was saved he would be ultimately saved, but instead continued working toward that goal.
Involved in that is forgetting the past. Many people like to dwell in the past. People agonized over their missteps. They think about “what might have been.”
But one cannot change the past. One, however, may chart a course ahead and work towards it. If one constantly lives in the past, they’ll never have a goal and nothing to look forward to achieving.
Paul said, “reaching forth unto those things which are before.” This is the way Christians should live. If there are past sins, ask forgiveness and then keep trying.
When Olympic runners near the finish line, they lunge forward to break the tape. The winner is the only one who can do this, but others who run can set goals for the day when they will break the tape themselves. That’s the way to run a Christian race!
I was awakened early this morning by somebody’s sunrise Easter service. It must have started around 4 or 4:30 a.m. It was a long way away, but loudspeakers were blaring and distorting the sound. Maybe they thought that since the resurrection of Christ was a disturbing event, they’d disturb others as well.
The day holds great promise, not because it’s Easter on somebody’s calender, but because it is the Lord’s day.
I whispered this prayer this morning already. It was early, and I misspelled Sunday in the link. But the Lord heard it anyway. Pray it with me.
I celebrated a small goal this morning, as I sent out the 21st Portuguese devotional for the month, that I’d prepared last night. I’m not clockwork like Don R. That guy just doesn’t miss a lick.
Why do normal people wish a merry Christmas, but a happy Easter? One of those inexplicable language mysteries, I guess. I say normal to exclude politically correct people who are abnormal.
We had a good day yesterday on TFR in number of hits, if not number of posts. The Fellows abandoned me for dyed eggs, I guess.
Here, we do better than hard-boiled, colored chicken eggs. It’s eggs made of chocolate. Eat you heart out, John.
The sunrise service has faded, the sun has risen, though hidden behind clouds. The forecast calls for rain most of the week. Time for a bath and meeting with the saints, before long.
Make your day for the Lord.
What goal important to you (aren’t they all important to us, if they’re goals?) did you accomplish in 2010? Richard posed the question yesterday, so let’s make it a nudge today. Again, it can be in any area, spiritual, family, physical, professional, anywhere is good.
Finishing a goal gives one such a good feeling. “The end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof,” says the Preacher. Besides the actual step of progress that its accomplishment represents.
Note I didn’t put “and news” in the post title, since no one has been sharing news of the saints. Should I omit it from now on?
My goals for 2011 are simple:
1. Increase the preaching of the gospel for an increased harvest.
2. Increase the time spent on my knees in prayer.
3. Increase the number of quality books by brethren in my library.
4. Pray for increased opportunities to study God’s word.
If it’s any help, on my personal blog today is my definition of a goal. Working, tentative definition, I should say. But it might spur some thought. Look for it at the bottom, after the main topic of “The Use of Double Names Across Cultures,” where Saul/Paul gets mentioned, among others.
I have modest goals; they are the same every year. I don’t read as much as Richard (others) perhaps, but my reading is important to me like it is to them. As Richard does, I read the NT every month and read the OT at least 4 times each year. My goal in this is only 2 Peter 3:18. Another goal I have, similar to yours, is to be a better husband, father, grandfather, and servant. I don’t make resolutions, but if I did I suppose it would be to lose 20-25 pounds. I could definitely stand to do that – as I pop another tootsie roll!
Though I’m still putting it all together, working on goals and means for next year, one of my work goals is to finish and publish, in Portuguese, a dictionary of biblical words/concepts. This idea started over 20 years ago, but disappearing editors, delinquent writers, and crashed hard drives (no comments, please, Laura) have delayed efforts. I think it can be completed in 2011, Lord willing, and the Lord not coming yet.
Eventually, I’d like to take the Portuguese-language work as the basis for one in English, since I have some good people both here and in the US who’ve written for it. But that’s a goal for another year.