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Goals and Aspirations

Philippians 3:14

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Life ChangeWe have five – soon to be six – grandchildren. There are a lot of things we wish for them as they grow up. For one – we hope they develop goals in life. We hope that we can help them reach some of their goals. Maybe through some of our hard work we can share some wisdom with them about their goals and aspirations.

Our children – their parents – have goals – even dreams and aspirations for our grandchildren – their children. One of the goals we have for our grandchildren is for them to succeed at whatever they attempt. We also want them to know Jesus and to be happy. Their parents and grandparents hope to give them all the tools they will need to meet their goals and aspirations.

Unfortunately – as most of us know – some of our goals – dreams and aspirations tend to not come to fulfillment. It may be that some of our dreams are unrealistic. For instance – dreaming of being a professional athlete might be pushing the odds. Even if we have the genetics to be a professional athlete – one internet source said that there are only 4 million professional athletes in the world (all sports) and that this number is 1.3% of the world’s total population. Yet many of us will press toward this dream or goal – trying as we might to succeed.

Paul has a goal that he is pressing toward. He writes about it in Philippians 3:10-14 – 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Paul wants to know more and more about Christ and to be like Him in all He does. He strives for this goal – he knows he hasn’t arrived at it yet – but he strives. This is a goal worthy of all of our efforts. It is a goal we should all strive toward and should encourage our children and grandchildren toward. 

At times – that is all we can do – strive – press forward toward the goals that are before us. Someone once said – aim at nothing and you are bound to hit it. But aim at something and even if you come up short – you will be further along than if you didn’t strive at all. And – if we are striving with all we have to be like Jesus – His grace will cover our failures!

As 2019 unfolds before us – let us strive to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk. Let us spend more time in His Word and in the company of other Christians. Let us come prepared – when we come to worship – and seek His face and desire His grace. With God’s help – we can reach our goal of being more like Jesus if we put our heart into it!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

January 3, 2019 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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