What is your goal for the summer?
To win the rate of gain at the county fair? To run in seven 5K races? To raise the largest tomato? To go camping every weekend? To read the Bible every day? To keep the garden weeded? To lose 20 pounds? To hold that new grandbaby every weekend? To read five books? To exercise everyday? To watch fifty baseball games? To have a picnic? To go to Adventureland?
No matter what your goal, it takes determination and focus to reach it. Some goals are harder than others to reach. And some are out of our direct control to achieve. But goals are important things to have. Several of the above could be my goals for the summer. Goals help us strive toward greatness of some sort or to accomplish something new and perhaps thought unreachable.
It’s good to have goals in our faith life as well. We need to keep growing in our faith and that takes discipline and effort. We can slide along in the same place for months or years and our faith becomes dormant and stale. But when we work at growing stronger our faith takes on new life and excitement.
To live our life as a disciple of Christ is to follow His teachings, His path, His leading. God desires for us to grow in our faith, to set goals for the future and to live like Christ would have us live.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).