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Got goals?
December 27, 2010
by Dr. Phil Goeffrion, Albion Free Church, rural Cokato

At a Peter Lowe’s success seminar I attended, I was told that only 10 percent of the people in the world have goals at all in mind. Only 3 percent actually write them down. And only 1 percent chooses one goal that becomes the driving force behind his or her life.

Do you have goals for 2011? Why not jot down, perhaps right now, at least one goal in each category: financial, mental, physical, and spiritual.

What is your plan? Is it progressive? Is it in harmony with the revealed will of God? Does it bring honor and glory to God?

What is the one goal that drives your life? My driving goal is to become more and more like Christ with each passing year. The Christian life is a continual process of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3.18).

Paul had progressive plans for his life and the spread of the gospel (Philippians 3.12-14). These plans, of course, were subject to alteration and refinement by the Holy Spirit. But the plans were progressive. He knew if he aimed at nothing, he would hit it every time!

We need to have short-range goals that are specific, measurable, related to as definite period of time, and challenging. We need that something that will cause us to work, that will bring out the best in us.

“Aim at the sun,” it’s been wisely said; “you may never reach it, but your arrow will fly higher than if you aimed at an object on a level with yourself.” I would rather aim at a star and hit a mountain than aim at a puddle and hit it every time.

Like Paul, let us be big enough to realize how small we are.

Let us not allow ourselves to groan over past mistakes or gloat over past accomplishments.

Let us use short-term goals as stepping stones to long-term accomplishments.

In a little churchyard in Switzerland, there is buried a man who perished in an Alpine avalanche. Inscribed on his tombstone is a simple statement: “He died climbing.”

I trust that can be said of me when my life comes to an end. And I hope and pray that it will be true of your life, as well.

Let us ever be climbing on the upward way, straining toward what is ahead, and pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus!

Amen.