Summary: It seems everyone today is talking about setting goals, in Philippians 3:12-4:1 Paul helps us move from goal setting to goal archiver.
Going for the Goal
This morning I would like to talk about going for the goal. Every Sport has it own goal, or objective.
Help what is the goal of
Dale Earnhardt said, following one race, “I cried a little bit in the race car on the way to the checkered flag. Well, maybe not cried, but at least my eyes watered up.”
Every sport has its goal and winners have a plan to win.
Paul shares with you four strategies if you want to for the goal.
Your first strategy is:
BANISH THE PREFECTION OBSESSION
Look with me at Philippians 3:12
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Paul begins by saying I strive for perfection, but, I am not there yet. He said, I am not at the point of absolute spiritual maturity, I still have a ways to go. If Paul could humble himself and say, “I still have room to grow,” surely we can also.
However, there are some people who live life in a perfection obsession. You know who I am talking about. The man who re-works everything until he accomplishes nothing. The person who is so compulsive about cleaning her home, having no live but the vaccum cleaner, and the dishwasher.
Perfectionism will flood over into ever part of your life.
I remember a young couple, they joyfully discovered, after years of trying, they were going to have a baby. However, they were both perfectionists They did what a lot of expectant parents do, they purchased books on how to raise a child. But they went over board.
They read every book they could lay their hand on.
They taped the baby experts on the afternoon talk shows, to watch later that evening.
They devoured every DVD suggested to them about child care.
I witnessed this obsession develop and consume all their time. I finally asked they why? Why were they sending each waking minute reading or watching child grow specialist?
I still remember their answer, “we want to be perfect parents.”
It was funny, they came to months later, after reading till their were blurry eyed, and listen till their ear bleed, and said, “none of these professionals agree on how to raise children. One says be permissive, and another claims you must be the disciplinarian. We are never going to learn how to be perfect parents.
I just smiled, because they were right. No one is perfect.
When Paul said he was not perfect he was states that he has not come to the place in his Christian life where growth in spiritual maturity has been completed, beyond which there is no room for further development.
Chasing after perfection will devastate you.
I thought this was interesting article for Mothers Day:
THE PRESSURE FOR PERFECTION A British website had some interesting results from a survey of mothers. The survey showed that 91% of mothers constantly feel under the spotlight because of pressure to be the perfect mom. They blame that pressure on the media, the Government, schools and education campaigns. But despite feeling pressure to be perfect, 80% said they were "pretty" or "very" confident that they were doing a good job. Of the 514 mothers who took the survey, more than half (54%) said they spend more quality time with their children than they themselves got in childhood.
It is sad to watch people throw away their lives striving for the illusion of perfection How much more productive and helpful it would be to join Paul and say, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect.
REMEMBER A PERFECTIONIST IS a person who takes extreme pains; while and giving them to others.
If you are going to go for the goal this morning, Banish the perfection obsession.
Not only must you Banish the perfection obsession, we need to:
PURGE AWAY THE PAST
Notice what Paul says in verse 13.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind
Where is says “Forgetting” Paul used a strong word in the Greek. It means “completely forgetting.” Paul uses an illustration here of a Greek runner completely forgetting his opponents whom he is leading in the race. Just as a runner’s speed is slowed should he think of those behind him, and the thud, thud of their pounding feet, so the Christian’s onward progress is hindered should he dwell on the past full of failures and sins, full of heartaches and discouragements, full of disappointments and thwarted hopes and plans. As long as a Christian has made things right with God and man, he should completely forget the past.