I remember a story told by James Dobson about his tennis exploits while in college. He dreamt of winning some championship, and after a great deal of hard training, did. His name was engraved in the school cup that was proudly displayed in the hallway, and every time he walked by he smiled.
Years later Dobson had a call from a friend. The school, he learned, had decided to discard all the old trophies to make room for the new. His friend had found the tennis cup with Dobson's name and year in the trash, and carefully picked it out. Did Dobson want it?
Isn't life like this? Sometimes what we want most is what matters least. All things pass away. To achieve any endeavor, we must first determine WHY we want to do it, then ask if it is something that will last. As Solomon writes,
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1 ESV)
Choose your goals carefully.
Have a wonderful day, my dear friends.
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