In Alice in Wonderland, at one point, Alice says to the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” answered the Cat. And as it is with Alice so it is with us. Without an objective, we have nowhere to go and we wander aimlessly.
Every person needs something to aim for. Call it a target or a goal or whatever you want, but it gives us purpose and drive. As a child, my parents taught me to save my money for that special thing I wanted. And it was amazing how a goal brought such tremendous excitement into my life.
The problem with a lot of children today is their parents rob them of their incentive to be goal oriented by buying things for them. It’s heart breaking to see so many people wandering aimlessly through life without a goal or even incentives. The wisest man to ever live, before Christ, wrote, “Without a vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Being goalless is detrimental to our mental health.
There’s the story of a man who approached a laborer who was laying bricks and asked him, “What are you doing?” The laborer answered, “Ah nothing…Just laying bricks.” The man then walked over to another bricklayer and asked, “What are you doing?” And the workman answered with pride, “I’m building a cathedral!” Both men were doing the same physical labor, but the first laborer was occupied with a task he wasn’t interested in while the other was excited with the goal. The second man had drive and purpose.
Without a vision or purpose people just drift aimlessly through life. I want to share with you six keys to help attain your goal. (1) Seek for quality people in your life. Have friends who will sharpen your character and who want to see you succeed. Pursue those who encourage you to move to the next level in life. (2) Invest in yourself. Read good books, especially the Bible, and attend classes to expand your knowledge. Be faithful to God’s house and seek His will for your life. (3) Ask God for a courageous spirit. The enemy is plotting to keep you from attaining your goal; therefore, daily ask God to fill you with boldness and strength. Strength from God cannot be beaten. (4) Make your time count. Schedule your day and stick to it. Don’t be a time waster. Every day, you have eight hours to work, eight hours to relax, eight hours to sleep. Don’t let people waste your time. Make every minute count. (5) Seek God, and His blessings will seek you. Pursue what you are good at and what you like, because that could be God’s purpose for you. You came equipped with everything you need, just stir it up. (6) Have a teachable and humble attitude. A stubborn person is not teachable and will have a difficult time in life. Be pliable and remain teachable. For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.