June 21, 2022
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 NLT
Stephen Covey’s memorable best-seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tells us one of the keys of top-shelf living is to begin with the end in mind: Truth. If we are going to persevere, we must be clear on why we started and where we plan to end up. Without proper motivation, it is hard to go on. If we ask ourselves why we are doing something and we don’t have an answer, it is hard to keep giving our best efforts. We must stay focused.
David in Psalm 73 recorded his frustration when he realized how hard and faithfully he was working with less than good results but saw cheaters and immoral people making fast tracks forward. But he took it to God and realized as long as he only considered the moment, he would be swept away with discouragement. He had to remember why he started on this path and remember the end goal. That changed his perspective and ability to persevere.
We can get obsessed with how things look in the moment. We can feel defeated and failing when we focus too much on the moment, so we take detours from the path that end up hurting us. We grasp for things that don’t matter to the end game.
Paul instructed Timothy in helping the believers he was leading to keep the end in mind:
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT
That perspective applies in all areas of life, not just finances. Invest in the things that really matter. Remember why you started and keep on track. Live with the end in mind and make the choices and investments that take you there. As Andy Stanley says, “Direction, not intention, determines our destination.”
- In your prayer time today, do a little evaluation. Why DID you start this journey? What IS the end you have in mind? How are your daily choices lining up? Will they take you there? Remember, intentions alone won’t do it.