We are created to be goal seeking people. When we lack a specific and definite goal, then we are just spinning our wheels or revving up our engines in neutral. When we lack a specific goal, our minds have no map or guidance system available to them. We are like people lost in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness who find themselves walking around in circles. In order to get somewhere, we need to first know where it is that we are going. The street that you live on is interconnected to every other street in the US and Canada. With proper directions you can drive to any location in these two countries. So the ability to do so is not in question, but rather having a specific destination that you want to go to.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; for it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
For a vision, dream, or goal to be reached, it has to be clearly described and understood. If it is for yourself alone, then you will need to be able to understand it clearly. And if it is for others, then it must be communicated clearly in a way that others can easily understand. In written form it can be read and reread by the people who need to clearly understand, and implement it.
Before the vision, dream, or goal can be written down and followed; there first has to BE one. One of the most difficult things in life to do is to know what you truly want. People have difficulty deciding even simple things like what they want to eat or drink. The bigger the decision, the more difficult that it is to make. To choose the major goal for your life is no easy task. It helps to first discover what really motivates you in life. What excites you? What are you passionate about? What is your purpose in life? What were you born to do? What would you naturally do with your free time? What do you like to think and talk about all of the time?
It is important to understand what your values are in life. This is what makes you tick, so to speak. It is good to get some paper and a pen, and write down the things that you believe to be the most important things in life. Just write down everything that comes to mind. Things like family first, faithfulness to your spouse, loving your children, teaching your own values to your children, work ethic, good health, honesty, telling the truth always, giving to the poor, education, money, God, obeying God’s commands, living as an example, sharing your time with others, or helping the elderly. There are many more things that you may also write down as you think of them. Then do some soul-searching and place numbers by the top 15 things. Rate each of these fifteen things according to their order of importance to you.
Do not put anything that you think “should” be important to you, but only what really is important to you. When you read each thing notice the intensity of your feelings. Are they strong or weak? Is it something that you believe deeply or just superficially? What is your level of excitement about each item? What qualities do you already possess? What things can you easily picture yourself doing? By doing this exercise and finishing it, you will now have a list of what you truly value the most in life. These are the things that motivate you, and they control your life. So as you decide what your definite dream or goal in life is, make certain that it lines up with your value list. You will never dedicate yourself completely to something that you do not truly value.
I have noticed something very curious about human behavior. When I offer my articles and books free of charge, there is only a limited interest in what I write. But now that I have published four books on Amazon, I have discovered that people value my work much more when they have to pay for it. In a way this makes perfect sense. What costs you nothing is of little value to you, but what costs you money has value based on what you had to pay for it.
I have also come to another realization. The modern gospel in vogue today is “free” and it will “cost you nothing”. Many place no value in it. Can this be the reason why the modern-day converts to Christianity are inferior in quality to the stalwart saints of previous generations? When the Gospel that Jesus Christ preached and taught was still being offered to people, it was clearly understood that it was not for free. Jesus said “unless you give up everything that you have you cannot be my disciple”. The disciples of Jesus had to leave houses, lands, father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and friends.
When the rich young man went away from Jesus being very sad, Peter asked Jesus a very revealing question. “Behold Lord, we have left all and followed you, What shall we have therefore?” That question brought out the famous promise that Jesus gave, “I tell you the truth that no man has left father, mother, wives, children, brothers, sisters, houses and lands, for my sake and the gospel: who will not receive a hundred times more in this lifetime, with persecution, and in the world to come, eternal life.”
You see, if you pay the price which Jesus demands, which is everything that you have, you will receive a hundred times more in this life, and in the world to come, eternal life. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who pay the price of EVERYTHING that they have. Reread those verses carefully. I didn’t say that, it was Jesus who said it. Think of some of his parables. The pearl merchant had to sell everything that he had to buy the pearl of great price. The man who found a treasure hidden in a field had to sell everything that he had to buy that field. Whether we like it or not, Jesus said these things.
Salvation is based upon offering to Jesus our old life in it’s entirety, so that he can give us a new life in it’s entirety. The clear cost is everything that you are and everything that you have. In exchange Jesus will give to you everything that he is and everything that he has. Unless you pay the price required by Jesus, you cannot have what he has offered. The body of sin must be destroyed before you can receive a body of righteousness. The sinful life must be given up in order to receive a holy life.
Disagree if you like. I am no longer argumentative or dogmatic as I once was. I simply teach the truth as I see it and let the Lord pass judgement on all of us on that great and terrible day. I assure you that he will sort out everything. If we are ever to get along with other people here on this earth, then we need to quit trying to force our beliefs on other people. And we certainly need to cease arguing and correcting one another.
Just yesterday I approached a man at a gas station offering my books for sale. He identified himself as a Jehovah’s Witness. His parting comment was, “Do you know the name of God?” I replied, “Yes, I do. But I won’t discuss it with you.” I have learned a long time ago that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t really listen to a single word that I say. They only prepare their rebuttal while I am speaking. So why will I waste my time with a Jehovah’s Witness who doesn’t agree with a single word that I say, when just a few yards away is someone else who IS interested in what I have to say?
Leaving the side journey I return to my original thought. Before you can achieve a goal or a dream, you have to decide what it is that you want. You must be specific and your decision permanent. Doing this will get you started in the right direction. Then you will need to continue the trip to it’s completion.