With the Olympics in full swing, everyone is watching as elite athletes from all around the world compete. These athletes have trained, hoped, and dreamed of this day for most of their lives. It is everything they have wished for. Some athletes become so obsessed with their Olympic goals, that once the games have come and gone, they find themselves at a loss. What now? Where do you go once your ultimate goal has been realized? And what do you do if you find that you failed?
The answer to that question applies to all of us. Any time we place an earthly goal ahead of our Heavenly goal, we will be disappointed. We can work our whole lives towards a gold medal, that perfect house, or our dream jobs. But if we place those dreams and goals ahead of the most important goal, what is it really all about?
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
Our ultimate goal in life should be to live as Christ lived. To follow God’s will wherever it takes us. To spread the love of Jesus to everyone. To one day see our God face to face in Heaven and to spend our eternity with our loving Father. That is a treasure far more important than any gold medal, fancy new car, or promotion at work. Jesus Christ is the goal that we seek. When we seek Him first, everything else falls into place.
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
When Christ is our focus and His kingdom is our primary goal in life, we do not need to worry about what will happen next. When we reach our earthly goals, we should first praise Him who enabled us to do so! And when we find that we have fallen short of a promotion at work or that coveted gold medal, we only need to go to Him who gives us strength and know that we have a higher purpose and a greater goal.
“Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors.” St. Therese of Lisieux**Speaking of athletes and goals…my sister is a professional runner who dedicates her life to running for more than just a win. Read about her journey to run for Christ on her blog notrunning4awin