j0431823.jpg (324075 bytes)Goal Setting-Godís Way

ďFind a place that is limitless, where you are not striving.Ē  This is what Elise my yoga instructor said last week. Where is this place I wondered? Is it a paradox? Is it achievable to have in your life? Yesterday I found out where it is. Itís when we live a life focused on Godís two big goals for us.

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

I found that if you place Godís goal in front of your personal endeavors, the striving is taken out of the equation. I love God. I love a lot of other things too and I donít always put him first. All this stuff that I like tends to get in the way of loving others too. rrp1.JPG (341682 bytes)Itís not just material ďstuff.Ē Itís my sports too. Yes, you have to focus and train, but what if you did this with Godís goals ahead of yours? What if you shifted your perspective to one of eternity? Eternity is limitless and God promises us eternity with him. God has no limits. If there are no limits to God and God is in control of everything, and I have placed my trust in him, then I have nothing to strive for. Wow what a relief. I donít have to strive.

Last weekend I did the Rec Plex Triathlon. I put my race behind Godís Goals and had a wonderful day. First of all I was so thankful to be able to do a triathlon. Second it was a beautiful day, third there were so many nice people on the course, fourth my friends were there, fifth I have a family that supports meÖI could go 470765_91791828.jpg (917904 bytes)on and on with my list of gratitude. I got out on the course and thanked God for everything. I probably looked silly because I had this big goofy grin on my face as I rode up the last hill on the course. Gee God thanks!

I donít like the word commandment, because there is another word that I link to commandments: punishment. I think this tends to overshadow the benefit so I called them goals, because when you achieve a goal you receive a reward. Good things happen. I took Godís advice and looked for ways to encourage strangers on the run. What I didnít know was that following a commandment could be so fun. During that triathlon I found the way to have a successful race, simply place your race behind God.