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The ultimate and final goal
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   Goal: the end toward which effort is directed or the ownership of something we want to have. A goal is something out there somewhere which will take us some time to achieve. The reason we don't have it now might be because we don't have the money to buy it, not enough experience to handle it, not fast enough, tall enough, strong enough, etc.
    When I was in the retail field, I was the sales manager for a company that earned about $200 million a year. Not bad by 1969 standards. Anyway, part of my job was to calculate the cost of doing business for my particular store. That meant I had to know what every employee made on an hourly basis, figure individual sales records and if that individual and every other salesperson earned his or her keep. All that data was just a percentage of what must be done to run a profitable company.
    I, along with the other sales managers, met with the company vice president and turned in our written plans for the upcoming year. He walked in, smiled at us, picked up the paper work we had spent weeks compiling and threw the stuff at us. He said, "I'll give you two days to come back with a 2 percent cut or you had best find a new place to work!"
    Our goals were less than sterling. It probably goes without saying, but I didn't like that guy and his expectations were insane. But you know something? We not only met the new goals but even did better and, in the process, received a very nice bonus for our efforts. We were setting goals we knew were makeable, but he demanded goals that were above the standard.
    When I read I Corinthians, I believed that Paul was a very good athlete. He writes like a man with the experience, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one gets the prize?"
    As an athlete, when he talks about pushing his body to the limit so that he can run harder and faster, he knows what he is talking about. He is saying that when you reach the pain threshold and don't believe there is any more to give, you give it 10 more percent! That makes a winner!
    Did our Lord Jesus have a goal or just assumed all would eventually work out? His goals and purpose were outside our ability to comprehend! In the Gospel of John he states, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach here also, for that is why I came out. I have come to save the world! I go to prepare a place for you."
    Jesus has given His very life to achieve His goal! We must not be surprised!
    The great and final goal — which is set by Almighty God and yet to be fulfilled — is found in the letter to the Philippians, "... at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!"
    Christians, a goal has been set for each and everyone of us. Is there a pain threshold? Does it seem impossible for us?
    Yes and Yes! However, God will never give us more than we can endure and will give us all the strength we need to complete the task. Really? Really!
    Thanks, God!

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