We live in an age where we are constantly trying to grow and improve. People want to be successful. So, their day to day activities and thoughts are about getting to the next level. To do that, we go to school to get training and education, take short courses to increase our skill set, and read self-help books to provide us with the information that we believe will make us successful. After educating ourselves, the next step is implementation. For those of us, who are serious, we set out to do everything that we’ve read and learned.
Fulfilling purpose and success has become such a primary societal goal that we now engage coaches and mentors. Why? Because coaches and mentors help bring about a level of accountability necessary to move forward and complete the tasks required to achieve our goals. Even at my church, Faith Consulate, we have a program to help people identify their purpose and write life plans. Then we assign accountability partners to help ensure that they are staying on track to meet their God-given goals and purpose in life.
Why am I writing this today? Well, I have been involved in this process, like many of you, trying to achieve success in life. But what I realize is that you can get so caught up in the process that you don't enjoy the journey. The questions are: “What happens after you achieve your goal?” “Did you move onto the next thing on your list? Ask yourself the following: Is there a sense of satisfaction? Did you stop to take the time to enjoy the victory? Did you enjoy the fruits of your labor? Did you share with someone special in your life?
Achieving your goals is good. It's more than good. We all want to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant … Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matt 25:21 (KJV) However, I submit to you today that you must “Enjoy the Journey.” Let’s add to our list of priorities this biblical principle, “Enjoy the Journey.” In Luke 10: 38-42, we find that Jesus went to visit Mary and Martha. Martha was busy preparing the dinner and serving Jesus, while Mary was sitting at his feet, listening to him and enjoying his company. Martha starts complaining and asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her. Jesus responds to Martha by telling her that she was worried and upset over the details, but that Mary had chosen the right part, the thing that she should be concerned with, and that it would not be taken away.
Let me encourage you today to ENJOY THE JOURNEY WHILE IN PURSUIT OF PURPOSE.