People are under pressure today as never before to “perform” and always do better in jobs, careers, business, families, etc. Unfortunately, many well meaning but ineffective Christians are working as hard as they can without the slightest idea of what direction they are moving. Christians that are floundering! Not growing in Christian maturity. Not achieving what they want in life. Unhappy at the jobs they possess. Personal discontentment leads to family discontentment.
Tolstoy tells the story of a man who would own all that he could encompass in a day’s walk. Early one morning, as the sun came over the horizon, he began his journey. He began walking north. He took long but leisurely steps. He had figured his pace carefully and knew that at certain times he would have to turn. When it came time for his turn east, he thought he would go a little further north instead.
By quickening his pace a little, he figured he could make up the time. Each time he turned, east, south, then west, he went a little further and walked a little faster. He was encompassing a lot of land. During his walk, he had time to make elaborate plans on how he could use the land he would own to create great wealth. As the sun was beginning to set, he could be seen coming over the last hill. He was running for all he was worth. He had to make his starting point by sunset to claim the land. Just as the sun set, he ran to the point of his beginning. He’d won! Or had he? As he came to the point where he had begun his journey, the crowds gathered around him as he fell to the ground in exhaustion and died. He won it all but could have none of it.
As Jesus said, What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.
A poor person is not one with no money, but one with no dream. A clear vision gives us clarity of purpose and direction. Vision focuses our plans… and energizes us for action. (If we don’t know where we are going, what we really want to do, and completely commit ourself to it’s accomplishment, we flounder!) We need a target to shoot at… a goal to strive toward. Everyone needs a clearly defined vision, to get excited about.
Worship helps us find who we are and why God has placed us here on the earth.
When we bow in God’s presence with worship, only then are we made complete.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”God’s guidance will always be in concert with His purpose for us as individuals and with the abilities that He has given us.” In our age, as in every age, people are longing for happiness, not realizing that what they are looking for is holiness.
The difference between I CAN’T and I CAN is often I WILL. Louis Pasteur once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. “It is in changing that things find purpose.
Seven Major Steps necessary to convert your past failures to successes and achieve many future high goals: Write down the goals you definitely want to achieve. You have to have a target. Shooting in the air, gives nothing.
Take a half-hour each day to review your written goals and list ideas that flash into your mind. Plan how you can achieve these goals. Keep your mind on what you want and off what you don’t want. Setting goals is not coveting. It is setting directions for your life. Try to recognize, relate, assimilate, and APPLY principles from what you see, hear, read, think, or experience.
Use suggestions to influence others and self-suggestion with regularity. Don’t assume that everyone knows your dreams. Others like to make things possible, but only if they know it. Learn how to help yourself, and share your knowledge and blessings with others. The one who gives always ends up with more.
Memorize the self-starter DO IT NOW! When you have a worthy thought, and DO IT NOW! flashes to mind, get into action immediately! DO IT NOW! He was born in Columbus, Ohio, 1890, the third of eight children. At eleven he quit school to help with the family expenses, and got his first full-time job at $3.50 per week.
At fifteen he got interested in automobiles and went to work in a garage at $4.50 a week. He knew he would never get anywhere without more schooling, so he subscribed to a correspondence home study course on automobiles. Night after night, following long days at the garage, he worked on the kitchen table by the light of a kerosene lamp. His next step was already planned in his mind-a job with the Frayer-iller Automobile Company of Columbus. One day, when he felt ready, he walked into the plant. Lee Frayer was bent over the hood of a car. The boy waited.
Finally, Frayer noticed him. “Well,” he said, “what do you want?” “I just thought I’d tell you I’m coming to work here tomorrow,” the boy replied. “Oh! Who hired you?” “Nobody yet, but I’ll be on the job in the morning. If I’m not worth anything, you can fire me.” Early the next morning the young man returned to the garage. Frayer was not yet there. Noticing that the floor was thick with metal shavings and accumulated dirt and grease, the boy got a broom and shovel and set to work cleaning the place. The rest of the boy’s future was predictable. He went on to a national reputation as a racing car driver and automotive expert. In World War I he was America’s leading flying ace. Later he founded Eastern Airlines.
His name — Eddie Rickenbacker.