What’s the Goal and Motivation?
I love inspiring stories about races. Almost all races share some things in common; a starting point, a finish line, a desire to win, and focus. Several years ago, I read about a unique competition that I think you’ll find interesting as well.
A young man named Kenny from Colorado Springs, Colorado, travelled to Gloucestershire, England to take part in a traditional but unusual 200-meter race down the insanely steep course known as “Cooper’s Hill”.
A WHEEL OF CHEESE?
Daredevil racers hurl themselves down the hill, often head over heels, risking life and limb, in pursuit of an eight-pound wheel of Double Gloucester Cheese.
Kenny’s focus was not only on the prize but also on the notoriety from accomplishing this historic race. And in his case, he found himself in one piece at the bottom of the hill and victorious! All for a wheel of cheese and a moment of glory.
Many sporting events share some common denominators: a starting point, a finish line, a desire to win, and focus.
KEEPING THE RIGHT FOCUS
The race analogy for the Christian life is a Biblical one. Keeping the right focus in this race is eternally more important than a wheel of cheese or a gold medal. Think about this Bible passage which says,
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (from Hebrews 12:1-2)
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
What is the finish line and the goal presented in that verse? The finish line is Jesus, and the goal is to live a life focused on Him without giving up. If you do not have the right focus, then the issue of media choices and tech habits are not going to be viewed with the correct perspective.
Don’t get me wrong, there are important secondary goals that will help you with your physical wellbeing, your social wellbeing, your personal life goals, and more. But I wouldn’t be doing you any favors to talk about those things and neglect to point you to the most important goal in life.