How Do We Accomplish Our Goals?

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
road2.jpgGraduation Day is over and all that comes with it. A few days pass and the reality sets in. We climb the hill and gaze out into the endless expanse of days and they overwhelm us with their breadth. They seem unreal and we stroll back home secure in their unreality and live as if time is meaningless.
What do we do with these days that we face? How do we make goals and accomplish them, so this time can be fulfilling? The answer to these questions could fill a dozen volumes. However, a few brief ideas can help us in our thinking.
First, we must remember that we are Christians and our goals must be geared towards glorifying the Savior who makes everything possible (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Will our new goals bring us closer to God or further away from him? Will our new job keep us from worship or place us in an unhealthy environment? Will the degree program we wish to pursue lead us to dangerous spiritual territory? Will we be able to handle the challenges to our faith?
We cannot rationalize allegiance to God away because of our greed for money or worldly approval.
Second, God’s Word must be the road map to glory. We cannot travel down our post-graduation road without Scripture as our guide (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God’s Word “is a lamp to [our] feet [a]nd a light to [our] path” (Psalm 119:105).
We cannot maneuver through the darkness of this world unless we are carrying the torch of Scripture in our hearts and minds (John 8:12, 1 John 1:5-10).
How do we ultimately accomplish these goals? As we face the endless days ahead, how can we maintain productivity so the days do not fall waste to neglect? We can float or we can focus.
The float refers to someone who seeks to make it through each day as it comes. They deal with the moments before them and whatever distraction arises. Their minds remain unfocused, except on what is at their hands. The bigger picture is blurry and long-range goals are non-existent.
Fun, friends, flings and food fill our days on the float. Suddenly, years come and go and all hope of attaining our dreams have disappeared. We have floated through our lives, never grabbing a hold on anything useful. Our dreams died before they began.
The focus means that we maintain our attention on our direction and goals in life. Nothing pulls us from them or distracts us from the path. Our dreams retain their vitality and we mature them as we go. We accept detours as we age and deal with them as they come, with the Lord’s help.
If we wish to accomplish anything in life, whether spiritual, professional or relational, we must remember these key facts. Will we fall prey to the float and drift down the river until we are so far from our destination that we can never get back? Or, do we maintain our focus and reach the shore?
It depends on our drive and zeal for success in Christ. May we remain focused and driven.

One Reply to “How Do We Accomplish Our Goals?”

  1. wow, Richard, I am such a floater… Good article. I have always had so much trouble creating goals and sticking to them. I’m 27 and am always feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything I want to do with myself.

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