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Thursday, March 5, 2009

What Do You Build Your Goals On ?

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.


Travis said...

Sadly, what we think we want and what we need rarely meet God's ideals for our lives.

Andra M. said...

Ever have days when God seems to be saying the same thing over and over in ways you don't expect?

That be me with this entry. Forgive the plug, but I touched upon the same subject in my blog today.

Yep, God's trying to tell me something.


Anonymous said...

Great post. So true, putting our labor into things, which are vain. I'm guilty of that, learned a tough lesson years back. But, that's how we learn, our loving Father corrects us....because He loves us.

Loved this post. THANKS

gzusfreek said...

Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

Love this, Amy!
Great things to ponder this a.m. as I write and try to divide what little time I have to myself.

Amy Deardon said...

gzusfreek -- well, the words are God's not mine :-) They are stirring, aren't they?

Sarah Salter said...

This train of thought actually crosses my mind every time I hear that some great monument is being erected in someone's honor. I'm sure that Alexander Ignatious Smith III was very heroic and important in his day, but when I cross the bridge that bears his name 100 years later, I have no clue who he is. And sometimes I wonder: "What did Al do to get a bridge named after him?" And when I hear of a recently deceased person having a soccer field named in his honor and memory, I think, "In 2 years, how many of these kids playing soccer on the Peter P. Peterson Soccer Complex will even remember who Peter P. Peterson was?"

To me, it's okay if they forget my name. My name is sorta forgetable anyway. But I want to make the world around me better now. It seems like there was a Christian song out recently by maybe Warren Barfield that said, "I want to be mistaken for Jesus." That's my goal... To make it all about Him.