“Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself fin the field; and afterward build your house” (Proverbs 24:27).
One of the great secrets to succeeding in life is to learn to set goals for yourself when you’re young. You need to I Mow where you’re going and what you want. rs amazing how many young people waste the best years of their lives in the midst of disorientation and lack of goals! The sad thing is that the years go by quickly and, when you realize it, many opportunities have been missed.
The apostle Paul gave us a fundamental principle to live by: «Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air» (1 Corinthians 9:26, NIV). Running without a goal is, as Solomon said, «a chasing after the wind» (Ecclesiastes 1:14, NIV). I have run a few half marathons. But I’m certain I would not have ended the races well if I hadn’t been clear on where the finish line was. Success in life depends on whether you have well-defined goals that lead you in the right direction. When there are no goals, one loses time, money, and effort in unsuccessful activities that lead to a frustrating outcome. Do you realize why goals are important?
I have met a lot of young people who don’t know what they’re going to do with their lives. They are like a ship drifting aimlessly in the ocean of existence. And that’s very dangerous. The only thing that is certain is this: if you don’t have a well-defined goal, you won’t get anywhere. Or rather, you will come to some point you never expected to reach, such as an unwanted pregnancy, an unexpected marriage, permanence in an unknown place, a frustrating job, and so on.
It is often easy to set goals that are well above our capabilities. That’s also very misleading. However, all goals demand a great deal of effort. Nothing worthwhile in life is easy. Rather, it requires an enormous will to achieve what you propose. Reaching the goal represents the culmination of a great job that includes a certain mindset, preparation, discipline, and dedication. But believe me when I tell you that nothing compares to lifting up victorious arms after reaching the goal.
Today is the time to kneel down and ask the Lord to help you set goals for the future. He has a plan for you and a purpose for which He has brought you into this world. Seek Him out! les not worth wasting your time during the best moment of your life.