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What's Your Ambition?

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1  Corinthians 9:25).

Sports fans in the over-50 crowd will remember John "Pepper" Martin. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the star of the 1931 World Series. Following one of those games Pepper agreed to an interview. The newsman's first question was, "Pepper, what's your chief ambition?" Without even hesitating to catch his breath, Martin said, "My chief ambition is to go to heaven!"

The startled interviewer laughed nervously and said half-sarcastically, "Oh, you want to play a harp, eh? Martin snapped, "My friend, I don't think that's funny. I know you don't mean to be a smart aleck, but there's something wrong with a person's attitude when he's flippant about serious things. If there's anything foolish about reading the Bible every day and believing what it says, and if there's anything funny about wanting to go to heaven when you leave this world, then I'm afraid life here isn't worth living."

Hooray for Pepper Martin! I don't care for the guy who is self-righteous and abrasive. But there's something refreshing about the prominent person who's not ashamed to own up to his faith in God-who keeps his priorities straight in spite of worldly success.

I've studied goal-oriented people for a long time. Even in the teeth of adversity the goal-oriented person keeps on winning. "I do not run aimlessly," said Paul. And later, "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).

That's a powerful ambition!  What's your ambition?