Give me a goal to strive for
That is never out of sight;
A dream to live and to die for,
That will reach desired height.
Give me music in my soul
That throbs like my heartbeat,
And I will face each obstacle
And overcome defeat.
Let me leave my mark in life.
Halt prejudice and scorn
Then I will fight the hate in man
Until love is reborn.
Give me faith that knows no doubt,
O Jesus, this is my plea!
Anoint the whole human race.
For life eternally. Gene Appleby
The line in the poem, “Give me faith that knows no doubt.” This phrase is my prayer and that bring to mind the verse in Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Remember supplication is a big word for request that you present to God in prayer.
In Victory Over The Darkness, Neil Anderson says in Chapter 7, “your christian walk is the direct result of what you believe. If your faith is off, your walk will be off. If your walk is off, you need to take a good look at what you believe. Walking by faith simply means that you function in daily life on the basis of what you believe. In fact you are already walking by faith, you can’t not walk by faith. People may not always live what they profess, but they will always live what they believe.”
The poem opens with the line, “Give me a goal to strive for,” In Victory Over The Darkness, there are several feelings that can derail your goals. Anger will block a goal. This anger results because someone has blocked your goal. Anxiety and depression may occur when you base your future success on something that can never happen, you have an impossible, hopeless goal. According to Mr. Anderson, “Depression often signals that you are desperately clinging to a goal you have little or no chance of achieving which is not a healthy goal.” Sometimes our goals would better be described as desires.
According to Neil, a godly goal is any specific orientation that reflects God’s purpose for your life and is not dependent on people or circumstances beyond your ability or right to control. Whereas a godly wish or desire is any specific result that depends on cooperation other people, the success of events or favorable circumstances you have no right or ability to control. If we adopt the attitude of coöperation with God’s goals, goals will be reached. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is an example of cooperating with God’s goal. You remember, an angel appeared to her and told her she had found favor with God, and she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit, and she was willing. When we begin to align our goals with God’s goals and our desires with God’s desires, the outcome is a lot less anger, depression, and anxiety. Godly desires occur when we want something that others can control, a wish would be that my sons teach their children about God. If I want a happy harmonious time with all our family on Christmas eve, this is a godly desire.
So God’s basic goal for you and me is that we become more Christ like or whom God wants for our lives. Sanctification is God’s goal for your life.
Father God, today I am thankful for Godly goals and Godly desires,
I am thankful for dreams that motivate us to live.
I am thankful for the worship that ushers us into your presence
I am thankful for each obstacle because I know that you are with me each step of the way.
I am thankful that you have a plan for each of our lives that are unique to our personality.
I am thankful that you love us and that hate has no place in the our world.
I am thankful that you give me faith that knows no doubt.
I am thankful for being anointed by Jesus, the lifter of my head.
I am thankful for your goal for me is sanctification
I am thankful for eternal life.
Five more favorite things. 21 peanut butter on toast with homemade strawberry jam, 22. swifter dust products 23. fried chicken, potatoes and gravy. 24. the internet that connects us and gives us the ability to share our thoughts with one another. 25. a cold bottle of water.
Your turn, I am thankful for…………………………….