Luther Burbank seemed quite normal except for one rather unusual pastime. For hours each day he sniffed marigolds. He’d go up one row, then down another. Sniff, sniff, sniff.
If this particular blossom smelled sweet, you might excuse this behavior. But when Luther and his associates spent their days in farmers’ fields sniffing like puppies in a pantry, you’d have to wonder at their sanity, because marigolds smelled terrible.
Here’s the interesting part. Luther’s sniffing had a purpose. He’d set a goal to find a marigold that didn’t stink. Why? Because people liked the look and color of the flower but couldn’t get them past their noses. If someone could find a blossom with no odor, discover why, and then start growing no smelly marigolds, they’d make it possible for people to enjoy the color without the stench.
«Mr. Burbank, Mr. Burbank,» an associate gasped one day, «we’ve found one that doesn’t smell!» Luther studied the plant under a microscope, did some tests, and eventually unlocked the secrets for growing marigolds that pleased both the eye and the nose.
William lived in a comfortable home and felt impressed that God wanted him to do something with his future. So he set a goal and got to work. Many people felt uncomfortable with what he was doing and made his life miserable, even threatening to kill him, which they finally did! What goal had he set? To translate the Bible from Greek into English.
Goals. Do you have one? Luther Burbank and William Tyndale touched lives because they set goals and stuck to them no matter what.