My favorite sports quotations, though, come from Yogi Berra:
"Nobody goes to that restaurant any more -- it's too crowded."
"If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's going to stop them."
Someone asked Yogi what time it was; he said, "You mean now?"
Yogi was asked his philosophy of life: "When you get to a fork in the road, take it."
"I don't want to make the wrong mistake."
"You can see a lot by watching."
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."
There's actually a lot of truth in some of those statements. Spiritually speaking, if we don't know where we're going, we truly will end up somewhere else! It's important to have a goal, and to keep our eyes set on that goal. If we just spend our lives drifting spiritually, "hoping" that we'll end up where we want to be, we're just deceiving ourselves. Notice the determination in Paul's voice:
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind...." (Philippians 3:13-15)
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