By my very nature I’m a goal-oriented person. I love to set out to do something and accomplish that task through incremental goals. I found that especially true in education, when pursuing my doctorate. This week, my daughter Barrett, who has been walking the Pacific Crest Trail—a trail from Mexico to Canada—crossed over the border from California to Oregon. It was a big deal. Every hundred miles is a big deal when you walk that far. But, when you leave one state and enter into another, that’s a huge milestone. It was one of her goals. She had her eyes on the prize of getting across that border and this week she made it.
Paul talks about goals in Philippians 3:13-14 when he says, “Brothers and sisters, 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.” I love that. You forget what lies behind. Barrett forgets walking through the heavy, burdensome snow in the Sierras, and the heat of the Mojave Desert. She’s forgotten all that. All she knows is that she’s crossed into Oregon and is pressing on toward Canada. I would encourage us to think and ask God what our goals should be? What are the things He calls us to do? We can then press in, single-focused on accomplishing that goal.