Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” I am addicted to reaching goals. If there’s one thing I know I have – which is both a positive and negative – it’s that I set goals and will do everything I can to obtain those goals. Whether it’s finishing my postgraduate degree or playing golf well or writing a book – all of those are goals I have accomplished. They all have finish lines; they all have a start and an end. When I accomplish a goal it’s emotional for me: it’s part of who I am. It’s my soul.
Last Monday was very emotional for me: we signed the building over and gave the keys to the new owner of the Villanova property, and had a grand opening of our new offices in Exton, Pennsylvania. This has been a five-year goal of mine: quietly for the first couple years working with our Board to see the value of reducing our liabilities, to a more openly-expressed desire in the last few years to see the building sold and us to relocate. It took us two years to buy a building and sell the other one. All of the inspections and permits and zoning variances that we needed to have all came together last Monday at 7:30am when our staff arrived in our new offices. I found myself overwhelmed. I found myself emotional because we had reached the prize. We had a goal and we accomplished it.
I don’t know how interesting that is to you reading this blog. But for me, it makes me want to set more goals. Most of my job is without finish lines. I never really see the end; I just fix one set of problems to receive another set. But there’s something about reaching a goal that brings joy to us all. We all are proud when one of our athletes wins the Olympics and they stand on the highest platform and they play our National Anthem. They reached a goal.
I would like to suggest that the goal we need is to see our nation turn around and experience a great revival. When we press toward that goal we can rejoice because God is behind those dreams and behind those values. So as it says in Philippians 3:14, let’s press on to the goal. Let’s go towards the goal of reaching our country for Christ.