Everyone has goals, whether they are consciously mapped out and planned or just routine things that we desire. However, sometimes we get so focused on the goal that we forget that our focus should be on doing the necessary things that are required to accomplish the goal. We live today in an image-driven society. Many people desire the trappings of success...the material assets that come with accomplishment, but they are not nearly as committed to doing the work required to attain these assets. I have often said that success is not about making money...success is about doing the best job possible at whatever you do, because when you do a good job, the money will come.
Our lives are so hectic that we often forget to stop and smell the flowers. We forget to take the time to enjoy our lives and to enjoy all of the amazing blessings that God gives us...a sunny day...a spring rain...the sound of birds chirping...a hug from a little child. All of these things are gifts from God that cost nothing and are far more valuable than anything that money can buy.
While we are in pursuit of our goals and aspirations, we must take the time to enjoy the journey. We must recognized that achieving our goals is far more about the journey than about the destination. I shared with our church recently something that God shared with me, and it is this: "If I am determined to reach my goal, I must be more committed to the journey, than I am preoccupied with the destination." This came to me more as an affirmation and direction than as a revelation. But, it was indeed what I needed to hear. Why not get focused on the journey today? Stop, look and listen to all that is going on around you. Enjoy the people and the things that God brings into your life and be committed to the work that is necessary to achieve your goal, and you will reach your destination.
With faith and focus,
Pastor J.M. Hurs