In life and ministry it’s a good practice to have goals. Goals provide focus. And the process of making them gives clarity on the things that are really, really important.
Goals are things that will not happen all by themselves. They are worthy things that require focus in order to be accomplished, but here’s the irony: If you focus on your Goal, you’re not going to reach it.
A great illustration that most of us have experienced is the desire to lose a few pounds. We have the Goal of weighing less! The bathroom scale tells the tale from day to day; week to week. Will we reach that Goal?
Not if you focus on it.
If you focus on the bathroom scale, it will remain the same… or even worse! It might report that you’re headed in the wrong direction.
Focusing on the Goal is not how you accomplish the Goal.
Instead of the Goal, think through the things that will guarantee the accomplishment of the Goal and focus on those things. There are a few things, if you think about it, that if you do consistently will accomplish the Goal. Those disciplines or process steps, not the Goal, is what you should focus on.
For weight loss, don’t focus on your weight! Focus on eating the right kinds of foods and moving (a.k.a. exercise!). Focus on drinking 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Focus on these things and the bathroom scale will tell the tale you hope for eventually. Guaranteed.
Think about it. The moment before you step on that scale there is NOTHING you can do to change what it is about to tell you. Reality is what it dispenses… and that reality is only changed by the life-style practices you did the days leading up to that moment.
What Goals do you have in life or work? Have you figured out the daily steps that will guarantee meeting that goal? Do that work and commit to focusing on those things… the desired results will come.
In the church we long to see people come to saving faith in Jesus. We want to see the waters of baptisms stirred! Focusing on those good Goals will not bring the results we want. Rather, as the church, we need to realize that what we do as disciples will draw people to Jesus. Let’s focus on the things that increase our effectiveness in loving people to faith in Jesus – and it will happen! People will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord!
As the baptistry is used over and over we’ll celebrate each new life in Christ! That, right there, is a Goal worth celebrating!