Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. — Philippians 3:12, NIV
Throughout the shopping plaza parking lot and outside the gym I recently joined you’ll find piles of gravel and scaffolding pipes. This place acts as the central hub for three surrounding communities where I live. Along with several mom-n-pop businesses, this plaza anchors a regional hardware chain, a grocery store/gas station, three banks, an automotive parts store and a national tire and service station. Though old in appearance, the heart and soul of these communities keep this shopping plaza active and vibrant.
In order to infuse vitality back into this tired-looking shopping center, these communities have committed to a long-term goal. Like the mural painted on the gym’s stairwell, one begs the question — What’s Your Goal? A goal entails transformation and transformation takes effort and change. Not everyone enjoys putting in the effort or wading through the change but combined, they produce a successful outcome.
I trek down those stairs avoiding the gravel and scaffolding to meet up with a long-term goal: better health. These communities maneuver around limited parking and plywood sidewalks to eventually enjoy a better shopping experience. And we muddle through life not just as earthly participants, but as passionate players aiming for a heavenly goal.
While under construction, what’s your goal?