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ON GOAL SETTING

I like to think of a goal as a target.  The bull’s eye is 100.  Concentric rings are 80, 60, 40, and 20.  I aim for 100, but sometimes I hit 80 or even 20.  But if I don’t aim for 100, I will hit zero every time.  Someone said, “I would rather attempt to do something great for God and fail, than to do nothing and succeed.”

After Eisenhower won the Republican nomination for President from Robert Taft in 1952, a reporter asked Taft about his goals.  He said, “My great goal was to become President of the United States in 1953.”  The reporter smirked.  “Well, you didn’t make it, did you?”  He said, “No, but I became senator from Ohio!”

Charlie Brown is at bat.  STRIKE THREE.  He has struck out again and slumps over to the bench.  “Rats!  I’ll never be a big-league player.  I just don’t have it!  All my life I’ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but I know I’ll never make it.”  Lucy turns to console him.  “Charlie Brown, you’re thinking too far ahead.  What you need to do is set yourself more immediate goals.”

He looks up.  “Immediate goals?”

Lucy says, “Yes.  Start with this next inning when you go out to pitch.  See if you can walk out on the mound without falling down!”

Professor Lowell of Harvard University was speaking many years ago to a gathering on Columbus Day.  He said that there were three profound things about Chistopher Columbus’ discovery of America:  First, when he left Spain he didn’t know where he was going.  Second, when he arrived in the New World he didn’t know where he was.  Third, when he returned to Ferdinand in his court he didn’t know where he had been.  Later wags have also added, “And he did it all on borrowed money!”

“Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;  for they are white already to harvest” John 4:35b.