Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14
Life was not meant to be brutal.
At least that’s what media would lead us to believe. Life is meant to be LIVED, life is meant to be enjoyed and life is meant to be an adventure of adventures, a journey of joy and filled with wonderfully exhillaratingly breathtaking experiences…!!!
Until reality sets in, which is pretty much every moment of every day.
Life can be overwhelming – and so much more. The needs – the demands – the things that must be done “or else” pile on and pile up until the light at the end of the tunnel is extinguished, buried by the cares – the concerns – the worries – and the utter chaos that sets in when there is just way too much to do and far too little life to accomplish it all.
Jesus said it Himself: He came to bring life – a rich, full and satisfying life. A life of purpose – with a goal that lasts far past the time we spend on this planet.
Goals of life get lost because they come rushing far too quickly, like candy on an increasingly fast-moving conveyor belt. At first they are sweet and enjoyable to finish. Then they come faster, and faster, and faster as we shove them into our lives at an increasingly rapid pace that becomes… utterly BRUTAL.
Life ceases to be so wonderful then, doesn’t it?
There’s hope. There’s a far better goal and endpoint ahead than the piles of to-do lists surrounding us.
…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
– Matthew 6:34
The hope? It’s the confidence that we truly are not in control, and God is.
It’s the fact that no matter what I do, there is one Almighty God who knows the end from the beginning and all things in between – and holds it all in His Almighty hands.
The hope is in the goal. The ultimate goal. The end goal of all goals. The one goal we should focus on – around and above the incessant goals of life that pop in and pop back out of our daily moments of life on this planet.
We all have goals of life: daily goals, short-term goals, career goals, life goals.
Those goals are swift and fleeting. Life moves quickly. It grows into a beautiful flower that is picked and dies before we realize it.
Our ultimate goal is not to be crushed by this life, but to bloom here and leave a legacy that transcends and lives beyond our innumerably crushing daily goals.
Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.
God has a place for His own that outlasts all of the crushing chaotic daily grind. It is eternity, and that is our hope. Keep your eye on the prize – the upward call of the One Who holds all of life in His Almighty hands.