Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:9–10)
A GPS is a great thing to have; I don’t know how we all used to get from A to B without it. But here’s the catch: if you enter the wrong destination, then all of the steps along the way will be wrong as well.
Life works the same way. If we select the wrong life goals, we will very likely go through life making decision after decision on a road that is leading us precisely to the wrong place. Most people are able to articulate some of their life goals, and on the surface these goals seem desirable. Let me list just a few of the life goals that are typically expressed:
On the surface most of these are attractive aspirations. We live in a culture that rewards the successful, envies the wealthy, and affirms the ambitious. But what happens when we enter destinations like these into the GPS of our lives? Our driving directions might include…
We have all seen the wreckage in the lives of people who have entered the wrong destination and then single-mindedly pursued it without regard to any of the warning signs or collateral damage. Paul made the point that wealth—and we might add fame, success, and even happiness—are illusory goals and that the ardent pursuit of them is at best harmful and at worst catastrophic, leading us away from God and into ruin. But if we keep reading, Paul went on to tell Timothy what he should pursue instead: “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11, emphasis mine).
What do you most want to achieve with your life? How has that influenced your decisions?
Father, please reveal the right goal for my life and help me make good decisions based on your goal for me. Thank you for giving real and fulfilling purpose to my life.