Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Goal.
A quick check in a dictionary and I find ‘goal’ has been defined as “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed” (dictionary.com).
I sat looking at the definition, pondering the words for a bit and the question came to mind: What is to be my goal in life?
Interestingly, two verses came to mind, both written by the same author:
“So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, NLT)
The apostle Paul brings our goal in life to just one simple thing – live to please God. If we love God, we will obey His Word and our lives will be pleasing to Him.
As I pecked out this last sentence, the next verse came to mind, also written by Paul:
“Let love be your highest goal!” (1 Corinthians 14:1, NLT)
As followers of Jesus, our lives will display the mark of His love. Having been loved by Him, we in turn, will love others.
The most important goal for us to seek in this life
is to become a faithfully loving person.
The book still sits on my desk and reaching for it, I turn to the quote which has not let go of me:
“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves. He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.”
(Bob Goff, Everybody Always, page 2)
“Let love be your highest goal!”