I am a goal oriented kind of person and not surprisingly, I think everyone ought to focus their lives around reachable goals. You know, it is the idea that if you have no target, you will never know if you hit the bull’s eye.
From my vantage point, our aspirations ought to circle around spiritual, physical, financial, personal, and relational goals. And as they say in all the leadership books, those goals ought to be measurable, realistic and doable in a reasonable time frame.
With all that in mind, two articles struck me this past week. One was in the world of college basketball. The Louisville coach, Rick Pitino (whose team made it to the “Final Four”) was sharing that “…they are just the most incredible group to coach.” He went on to remark that before the season began he had the players all write down their personal goals.
All of them, except a junior named Jared Swopshire wrote that they wanted to get to the Final Four. But Jared wrote down that he wanted his family to become Christians. Now there is a kid with his eye on the “real ball!”
And then there was an article in “USA Today” about 4 guys in their twenties that have written a book called, What Do You Want to Do? For the past six years these young men have been traveling all across our nation in a purple bus asking people that question. They call themselves “The Buried Life” after a poem by Matthew Arnold that warns against just living a “oh hum” life that is buried and not your own.
So the question for this week is, what do YOU want to accomplish with your life? What will be your legacy? A 100 years from now, will anyone remember your name or what that name represents? What can you invest in this week that will make a difference for eternity?
Jesus addressed those questions in Matthew chapter 6. He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy and where thieves break and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What we treasure, we will do. What we treasure, we will invest. What we treasure will be held closest to us. What we treasure, we will emphasize. What we treasure, we will focus on. Our goals ought to swirl around what we treasure.
Let’s make it our goal this week to treasure what God treasures.
By His Grace and for His Glory,
Sherry L. Worel