I was sitting on the patio a few days ago and saw a family loading their car with 3 young people, all in their caps and gowns. Everyone was excited and the laughter could be heard across the yards. As they drove by, I couldn’t help noticing a large sign on the side doors congratulating the graduates, as well as, the back window smeared with white paint, “congratulations on your accomplishments!”
It’s not uncommon to seek accomplishment whether it is academically, career wise, financially, relationally, etc. Setting the proper order of priority is where the lesson lies.
Having worked for a major company for many years, I was well familiar with quarterly budgets, sale projections and strategic planning to ensure that the outcome was in accordance with what was expected and planned for. That model worked well across the years and the goals were met and that was a good thing.
It is wise to live life with a plan taking advantage of all the gifts and talents that the Lord has given us; however, when we allow ourselves to solely get caught up in the plans and the strategies and our accomplishments, life can present a different challenge.
Don’t get me wrong, I know all about it, because I have been guilty of being so focused on my goals and objectives that I at times needed to check myself. I don’t know about you, but when I get just a little too far off the path, the Lord will yank me back into the realities of what my focus truly needs to be.