…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Heb 12:1-2, NASB
Goals. Everyone has them—usually. And that’s a good thing. Sometimes they’re specific in the target that they’re aiming for. I want to be in the 2016 Olympics. I want to be president of the United States. I want to be a business owner. Sometimes they’re general. I want to be happy. I want to be settled. I want to travel.
The saying goes that if you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it. True. Sometimes, though, even if you’re aiming at something, you still miss. Especially if you’re not focused on the real target. You’ve got to be specific.
My daughter is a runner, as you may know from my earlier posts. She sets goals specific to running, and she’s zeroed in on that target. Focused. It’s not an ambiguous I want to do my best today. Her running energy is set on a number. Not a place in a race, but on a time. That goal only shifts when she’s accomplished that meter. She is specific, consistent and focused on that goal.
As a Christian woman I think maybe my goals are a bit too broad. I want to be a godly woman. There are a whole lot of rings in that big target there. Wife, mother, friend, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, writer… lot’s of areas on which I could aim my energy. And I do. It gets… overwhelming sometimes.
Maybe that would be like if my daughter had a list of competitors that she wanted to outrun. I want to beat Sally, Jessie, Sam, Kris, and Erin. What if she outruns two of the five? Has she met her goal—did she hit the target? Tough to say.
There’s a reason her goal is specific. She needs a singular aim. Other accomplishments may result from her efforts, like (bragging mother alert!) she placed seventh (out of a whole lot of other cross country runners) in her race today, but her attention is focused on only one goal.
I think this is an intriguing parallel to my Christian walk. I have a goal, and while that goal may encompass a whole host of other ‘growth marks’, the goal is specific and it is singular.
My goal is Jesus.