It was the Olympic Games, 2004, and Matt Emmons was guaranteed the gold.
With one bullet left to shoot, all he needed was a 7.2 to gain his second gold medal. He aimed…fired…BULL’S EYE!
Except he hit the wrong target. He had cross-fired, had aimed at a competitor’s target. He was awarded a score of zero.
Instead of the gold, he finished eighth.
I wonder at the story, making it my tutor. They say cross fires are mental errors. You can have the ability, the promise, the opportunity…but be confused about your target.
I know about that. I know about floundering and shooting shotgun style, spraying everything out there instead of aiming my one shot, the bullet of my life, at the right target.
People and places much nobler than I have missed it too. Jerusalem, that city of Kings, full of rich history and spiritual tradition, was wept over by the King of Kings. “If you had only known!” He lamented with tears, “the things which make for peace. But you did not recognize your day of visitation.”
How terrible that we can have Everything right there in our midst, be visited by Him, be the recipient of His favor and blessing, but miss it all… cross fire, because we didn’t recognize what our target should have been.
The warning of Jerusalem makes me weep. It makes me fall to my knees and plead for insight, for wisdom, for a pure longing for the Kingdom that outweighs all other longings in my soul. I know how close I am to Jerusalem’s history becoming my present, played out all over again.
It would help if the target was clearly defined, yes? If the mind stayed focused on the right goal. If we recognized Emmanuel in our midst and learned from Him the things that make for peace. Can we know without a shadow of a doubt what our goal should be, the one that will guarantee a win, promise success, the one that will give us the gold and everything that goes with it?
YES! “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12:31
The gold is won by shooting the right target and the promises of God are possessed by seeking the one thing. I don’t have to go in a hundred different directions.
I just need focus on the one thing.
How does one become an expert shot? By doing the right ”sameness” day after day after day after day. So for 2011, I will wake up and do the same thing day after day…seek His kingdom. Meditate on His words. Take no action until I have a Word to live by.
I will find my target, ensure it is the right one, and I will aim my life at it.
Sure, I might miss. Certainly I will not score 100%. But I will be defining my purpose, getting better at living this Christian life, making my bullets of days count.
Here’s the game plan:
1. Daily read (memorize, recite, review) this year’s focal passage.
2. Mutter the Words of life, those promises that speak Truth, throughout the day. Repent when I mutter words of destruction.
4. Record, articulate, scratch down on paper how it works…or doesn’t. Leave a Book of Remembrance for others.
5. And always take in more and more of His Word, enlarging my territory, moving out in faith.
“…then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8
Instructions for hitting the bull’s eye… recognize that God is here, this is the day of my visitation, it is His good pleasure to give me the Kingdom, so learn from Him the ways of peace, wholeness, soundness, health. Seek this kingdom! Say goodbye to the past and press forward to the conquest.