Goals are akin to a finish line on a track field or the destination of a journey. At the beginning the end goal may be unclear. In some cases the finish line or destination if you will can’t be seen at the outset. However, as the race or the journey approaches the end, the goal of the race or the journey become more and more concrete. Life is one big race with a finish line. Within life herself are many races. Attending a university is a race that begins with the first lecture, the first homework assignment, the first exam and progresses till one attains a degree. In the pursuit of marriage, the beloveds begin their journey with a profession of their affection for each other, and engage in courting behaviors till the ring falls on the finger. There seems to be between the start of a goal and the end of the goal, lapses of time. Some goals require extensive lapses of time, others are much shorter. But regardless of the race in question, the one who keeps at the forefront of their mind the end goal is likely to behave in such a way to minimize the distractions along the way and to maximize their chances of meeting the objectives that is back of the goal. The runner who is less distracted by the crowd is more likely to finish their race quicker than the one who pauses at every cheer or applause. The question then naturally arises: If life is the BIG race, then what is the end goal? Are we here to gather great riches? To be people pleasers who can boast of a wide network of relationships? We are instructed in 2 Timothy 6:18 that the goal is to be “rich in good works” and in 19 to “lay up in store for ourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that we may lay hold on eternal life”. We must not be distracted along the track of life. We must not pause at every fancy that calls for our attention. We must not make our ultimate goal anything that doesn’t cross over beyond the finish line of life! “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out”. We are to “fight the good fight of faith to lay hold on eternal life”. We are to flee the “love of money” and turn towards the pursuit of “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness”! These are the objectives that is back of the goal of LIFE!  With each passing day we approach nearer and nearer the ultimate end, and those who can maintain the focus of the purpose and goal of life at the forefront of their mind, are the ones likely to live lives in sync with this goal.


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