Summary: The key to happiness and success in the new year is to have a dream, and a goal to pursue. Without a dream or goal to motivate us we will just drift through the new year, and whatever we achieve will be a matter of chance and not design.
Vanna White, the glamorous star who turns the letter on Wheel
Of Fortune, was a leader in her church youth group at North Myrtle
Beach, North Carolina. Her pastor wrote about how he asked her,
when she was a senior, what she was going to do after graduation.
She responded that her dream was to become a model, and so she
was going to modeling school in Atlanta. This is how the pastor
"Vanna, no!" I said. "Don't do that! Those schools will do nothing
but take your money. Nobody ever gets a job at one of those places.
You have brains! Ability! You could be more than a model!" She
thanked me politely and said, "But I have this dream of going to
Hollywood and becoming an actress."
"From North Myrtle Beach?" I asked. "Vanna, that only happens
in movies. This is crazy!"
He goes on to say, he is not surprised that her autobiography does
not mention his ministerial influence. When David Lettermen asked
Vanna about the most interesting men she has met, she mentioned
only Merv Griffin and Tom Selleck. This former pastor ends his
article by pointing out that Vanna makes more in one week on
Wheel Of Fortune than he makes in a whole year of giving good
advice to aspiring teenagers.
The whole point of this article in the Christian Ministry magazine
is to call our attention to the fact that it is not wise to try
and interfere with other people's dreams. They may not be what we
want for them, but if it is their dream, and they have made it their
priority, and their aim in life, we should support and encourage that
dream if it is consistent with the will of God.
The key to happiness and success in the new year is to have a
dream, and a goal to pursue. Without a dream or goal to motivate
us we will just drift through the new year, and whatever we achieve
will be a matter of chance and not design. God wants us to plan
ahead, and to set some goals for life, and to work toward a designed
growth. By His grace and providence we can grow and achiever
positive things, even by just drifting along without a plan, but
Scripture and history make it clear, the most successful people in the
kingdom of God are those who aim for specific goals, and focus on
them as a priority in their life.
Listen to the Apostle Paul who was a great achiever for the glory
of God. He writes to his favorite Christians in Phil. 3:13-14,
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But
one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and striving toward what
is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God
has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Then Paul says in the
next verse, "All of us who are mature should take such a view of
things." In other words, this is not a personal Pauline perspective of
no relevance to anyone else. It is the way all mature Christians are
to look at life.
You start with an honest recognition that you are not yet all you
ought to be. You do not have all God wants you to have. Then you
forget the failures of the past, and do not get bogged down in grief
and despair over what you can't change. You set your sights on the
goal of Christian growth, and you press on to move in the direction
of that goal. That is the plan for mature Christian living. A big factor
in the plan is concentration. That is the source of power for
progress. You cannot do everything in life. You have to make some
choices. This is an agonizing process in a world with more good
choices than men have ever had. But it has always been the case.
Successful people are people who concentrate on doing something
well. It might seem superficial to use Vanna White as an example,
but the fact is she is the best letter turner in the world. When she
was off the program to have her baby, they got another model to
take her place. It was so conspicuous that it takes unique poise to do
that job. Vanna is so smooth and graceful, but the substitute was
awkward, and she made it clear that even the most mundane tasks
can be done poorly or efficiently.
But let's look at a more sophisticated level of achievement. Fritz
Creisler, who became a famous director of the Philharmonic
Orchestra, began playing the violin as a boy. He was not good at all.
At 14 he toured the U. S. with moderate success, but when he