I know I’ve been running/jogging/walking 6+ miles for only a few days now, but I’ve made a goal of running a ½ marathon next year. This is a pretty big goal for me because I’ve never liked running, in fact I was on the Cross Country team in high school only because my goal was to join a sport every season and that was the sport for that particular season (I only placed once– #20).
This whole idea of having goals made me think about these words spoken by Jesus in Matthew 5:48, “… you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect”; but how can we be perfect if Romans 3:10 says, “…No one is righteous— not even one”? It made me realize that our goal is to be perfect—the way God is perfect. Not that we would ever be completely perfect, but that’s what our end goal should be.
It’s not the kind of perfection that exudes pridefulness (“I’m perfect, and you’re not”)—it’s more like being so much like Jesus that we can imitate him perfectly. Just as I have a goal to run a longer distance, I should also have the goal of being a perfect imitator of Christ. I think these are good goals.
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti