In one of Hollywood blockbuster, have the FBI agent, and protector of the president, Clint Eastwood being overpowered by John Malkovich in a lift, who has declared intent, to assassinate the president. As the lift went up higher the tall building, Malkovich being aware many agents surrounded the building and were aiming to shoot him blocked out all the lights so they could not see a clear target. Eastwood shot and wounded, was leaning propped up on one arm, while Malkovich was standing, and being aware that the agents were listening to him said, “Aim high.” He repeated this, “aim high” and asked “What are you waiting for.” Though it took some time for agents to realise Eastwood wanted them to shoot but aim their shots high, was about the same time Malkovich realise Eastwood was speaking to the agents. He managed only to say, “you set me up Frank” (Eastwood name in the film), when multiple shots rang out from the agents and Malkovich was down.
In this life aim high is a motto many people will hear repeated to them at one time or another. Many parents will give to children, educational professionals will repeat to students, from pastors to his congregation and from motivational speakers to young aspirants. A very appropriate quote, shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars” Norman Vincent Peale. What they all meant is that we should never settle for second best, but set goals high, to achieve something better, in other words aim high.
Of course and unlike the movie, you don’t have to aim high for people to shoot you down. They are Satan’s assassins, always looking for a target to shoot at and unfortunately, because you bare the marks of the Lord Jesus and carry His cross, you become a target. Especially so since, we/you have chosen the path of Christ and “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col 3:2). There is and should be no greater aim, and should be no greater desire than to be in Christ, and greet Him when He returns. We all are on repentance ground, and it is by the grace of God, we are what we are, ‘God’s children’ your brothers and sisters in Christ! Let us find less reason to shoot down, and more reason to support and encourage each to ‘aim high’ as we see the day of Christ return, swiftly approaching.