Posted by: Glenda Mills | August 23, 2012

The Goal

I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly
call offers in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 GWT


Our grandson was focused on the ball. Wanting to win a goal with all his heart for his visiting grandparents. Focused and determined, it wasn’t long before Caleb had put the ball into the net.  His goal was to score at least once. His confident efforts paid off that day and before the game was over, he had scored seven times.

I caught a glimpse of Caleb’s heart that day. A valuable truth I long to live by.

I want to live to please Jesus. To let go of selfish heart motives and put my focus on the goal of knowing him and pleasing him. I want to be more than a fan. I want to follow the Lord on my life’s journey—the race he set before me.

Today is Caleb’s 13th birthday. Officially a teenager. And my heart smiles, and a teardrop falls as I remember this special grandson. The sweet memory of the day
he scored a basket full of goals for his grandparents. Something to wrap around heart for days to come!

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a good roadmap for those who set their hearts on the goal of knowing and making Jesus known.  I found three challenging mindsets I’d like to share with you.

Three Ways To Reach The Goal Set Before You

1. Focus On Knowing Jesus

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. (Philippians 3: 10).

2. Focus On The Future

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one
Thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. (Phil. 3:13).

3. Focus On The Prize

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which
God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Phil. 3:14).

Is there some obstacle blocking your pursuit of the call of Jesus…. Some mindset
you need to adopt…some fear or hesitancy to let go of…in order to run the race and do it well?

Prayer: Father God, Forgive us for the times we fail to step forward and do what you call us to. We ask you to give us grace to move forward, a heart to trust and love you, and confident faith to believe we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Amen. 

Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (Phil. 3: 16 Message).

As I told my grandson, I’ll get my reward when I see Jesus!

So will you!



  1. . . . that good prize set before us . . . thanks, Glenda!. . . . and thanks Caleb for the incentive!


    • Isn’t he a cutie? Love it when God speaks through the children and grandchildren in our lives.
      Thanks for stopping by, Verna!


  2. Love, love, love the way our kids (and grandkids) lead us back to Christ! Thanks for the pep talk, Glenda!


    • Yes, out of the mouths of babes and children and grandchildren God tugs at our hearts! From one pep talker to another, thanks Becky for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits!


  3. Love the three main points you highlight. Thanks for reminding us all that if we’ll focus on knowing Christ, we’ll be in the Word daily and it will light our path for our feet to move ahead in His way and plans.


    • Oh yes, His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path…otherwise we not only lose focus, but our joy, and our reason for living. Thanks for taking time to comment Jeanette! Blessings to you.


  4. The goals, and, THE GOAL. Well said my love.


  5. When I focus on my problems instead of Jesus, that’s when I fall and have no strength or power for my day. Thanks for the reminder to keep my eyes on Him and to let go of the other stuff. Blessings!


    • Angela, It seems focus continues to be so important, especially for the times we live in. There are so many distractions that tempt us to take our focus off our Father. Praise God for the indwelling Holy Spirit who helps us in our weaknesses and helps us refocus on the Lord and his promises. Thanks for stopping by! God bless you today!!


  6. Just heard a great message on focusing on the prize to come – if we had this lesson in perspective, we could shrug off our ‘momentary troubles’ with much more ease, couldn’t we? Nice post, Glenda!


    • Yes, our momentary troubles can sure tempt us to lose focus Melody. This continues to be a life long process for me. Thanks for stopping by with your encouraging words, Melody…and thanks for liking the other posts you just clicked on. Blessings!


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