How often have we start moving in one direction, meet opposition and hey presto we quit? We have the great ideas born of dreams, and with incredible desire, but once the real work started, approached even, just around the corner, almost in sight, we give up, shut up shop, throw in the towel, quit, why? We become quitters, labelled nearly man, and we wondered why we never succeed? Fact is many of us wore ourselves out on the road to our goals, yet we never get it, we never understood why we quit! We have many hopes and dreams, but had no plan, never understand we need to be in it for the long haul. Many runners enter a 100 metres sprint dash, but never understand that a 1500-meter race takes endurance, stick-to-it-iv-e-ness, staying the course. We never planned for the long haul.
Many people give up and give in to tiredness and the various disappointments that mapped out our lives. Just before the point when the good times about to roll in, just before we reach our goals, we lost purpose, we feel de-energised, become listless. This happens to even to the strongest willed person. All of us face difficult times at one time or another, we want to achieve something, but we suddenly realised the path is not as clear-cut as it seems before we got started, just not what we expected! Our dreams crumbling before us, frustratingly we look up and wonder why the race is so hard to run.
It is not that we stopped dreaming, it is because we never planned for the journey, for the long haul. My mom when we would regularly give in, tried to energise us by repeating, it is never too late for a shower of rain or Rome was not built in a day. The bible reminds us, “The race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise, or wealth to the brilliant, or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all” (Eccl. 9: 11). Of course, for some, our goals are OK, but the direction we are taking to get there is not right. Still for others, clearly, the goal is wrong, not what God wants for us, so both goal and direction needs changing. Therefore, what are our lives goals, and do they fit into God’s plan for us? Please while considering an honest answer, remember that our goals changes while we get older. (To be continued…)