Your Goals Empower You
is the title of my morning message. And the Bible text is
from Exodus 17:9. Moses is speaking.
I will stand at the top of the mountain, with the rod of
God in my hand." (Exodus
I was sent the gift of a scepter, with no explanation. It
is bronze, very old with the figure of the Christ at the
top, so it is from a church or old monastery. It is very
special to me, because a scepter is a symbol of authority
to the person holding it. Tomorrow I will stand at the top of the mountain and
with the rod of God in my hand ... I have the
authority to speak. Yes, you become a God-guided, God-motivated,
God-managed, and God-manipulated human being when you are
focused on a God-given goal.
your goals empower you.
I have three questions for you:
#1: Why do I need a goal? I don・t really have one,
why do I need it?
#2: How do I get my goal?
#3: What kind of goals do I need?
power person you know or read about is goal motivated, goal
managed, goal directed. My goal to be a minister was given
to me when I was four years and eleven months old. Now as
I step down as the Senior Pastor of this church I have fulfilled
a fifty year goal.
as the Founding Pastor I have new goals and wow, I am excited!
I have the biggest goals of my life and they are phenomenal.
I・ve been testing them with some of the wisest people
I know and they・re empowering me. At the right time
and right way you will hear about them. But I have not been
so energetic, so enthusiastic, so excited about a goal that
I can remember as I am today. They are fantastic and I really
speak with integrity when I say
let your goals empower you.
you have no goals, you have no enthusiasm. If you have no
enthusiasm, you don・t have much energy ... if you don・t
have much energy then there is not a lot of vitality
going through your body, mind, soul and spirit. Everybody
needs enthusiasm! Everybody needs a purpose in life, everybody
needs a goal!
all the honorary doctorates I have, there is one that is
special to me because it was presented to me from the Orthodox
University of Moscow for blending the truth in psychology
with the truth of theology. That's what I've been trying
to do in my writings and messages. And through my experiences
with people, I have developed this strong consciousness:
That the goal centered person is a healthy personality,
the goal centered person is the person that has drive; the
goal centered person is the person who makes a commitment!
It is sad when so many people don't have any goals beyond
those such as what to eat, what to drink, who is my friend
need a goal, what is it today? Every great person has one
... Moses, who I think is second to Jesus Christ as a motivator
in the human race, had one great goal given to Him by God,
to lead His people from slavery to the Promised Land.
again Moses' words to his people:
...； he says, not today, not someday, but tomorrow, not a week from now, not a month from
now, not a year from now, not 5 ... 10 ... 20 years, but tomorrow ... that means I・m living in the
"I..." I don・t know about other people, but finally life
comes down to one person as far as I'm concerned and that・s
"I" How am I taking care of myself? What
goals do I set? What beliefs do I embrace? Who will I listen
to? What will I read? ...
not I hope...
"Tomorrow I will stand ..."
sit, not sleep, not just lie in the sun and soak.
"I will stand at the top of the mountain ..."
at the bottom, not half way up, but ... "I
will stand at the TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN with the rod of God
in my hand."
I want to give a scepter to you and every person reading
these words. Hold the rod of God in your hand, have the
vision of a God-given goal. People will respect you and
you will prove that you are credible. Everybody needs a
goal! Oh yes, you do!
#2 - How do I get my goal? First, you need to get out
of your comfort zone. It's astonishing how instinctively
we are so afraid of failure and embarrassment that we avoid
risks. You will never have the rod of God in your hand unless
you take the risks where failure might happen. Pick up the
rod of God in your hand and dare to take risks.
your comfort zone.
Last week I traveled to Florida to marry
my brother-in-law, my wife's brother. He is very close to
me because he and I sang in a high school quartet so we
have been friends for 60 years. John was married beautifully
to a woman and after 20 years she suddenly died of a heart
attack. John found another lady, a beautiful woman, married
her. Then a few years ago she got cancer and he tenderly
cared for her until her last breath. She passed away about
two years ago. Now he is 80 years old and very lonely. He
couldn't tolerate the loneliness. If you don't have a goal,
you will be lonely, but it takes courage to leave your comfort
I married my brother-in-law, John, to his new wife a week
ago, she too had been married, but her husband got cancer
and she tenderly cared for him until his last breath. So
when I asked the two of them to repeat the marriage vows
after me, "... in sickness and in health .." I
added, "You both know how to go through sickness in
marriage and you cared for your spouses until the very end."
the ceremony John said to me, "People wonder why I'm
getting married and I decided I'm not going to live in my
comfort zone and be lonely the rest of my life" So
John has moved from his comfortable community in Iowa where
he has lived most of his life to Florida - a new wife, a
new community, a new experience.
do you get a goal? Dare to step out of your comfort zone.
Too many retired people die too soon in their comfort zone.
And they don't stay alive very long.
Get connected with God.
do you get a goal? Get connected with God- Make sure your
goals glorify God, and will not embarrass Jesus Christ.
Recently I spoke at length with a man who has a different
way of life than I have and I can・t believe that God
is glorified nor Christ honored by this man・s goals.
#3: What kind of goals do I need?
Let your goals be meaningful,
not necessarily enjoyable, not necessarily pleasant,
not necessarily fun, not necessarily free of worry or the
temptation to be afraid. No! Let them have purpose and meaning
to make a difference for the good and the glory of God.
Let your goals be marvelous,
then you will catch people's attention. And your goals must
have a "wow" potential in them so you can
survive the times when your enthusiasm drains out. To achieve
some of the goals you will need to keep your enthusiasm
alive year after year, decade after decade, in my case,
half of a century and I・m not finished. Only if your
goals have marvel can you still hang on. They have to have
profound meaning and they have to be marvelous. Then people
will say, "Do you know what she・s doing next?"
Or "Do you know where he・s going to now?"
And they・ll always be surprised because you・re
a God-connected person and He will support you in your challenges
so that you can be enthusiastic until your last breath.
for a need no one else is filling, look for a hurt where
no one else is helping, look for a mountain that somebody
else has ... look for a need. The
secret for success is to find a need and fill it.
In today・s world, if you know people who say they have
everything they need, they do not. No one has as much faith
as they should. There are mountains to climb, and everybody
you meet has a mountain to climb. Some are avoiding their
mountain, but they need to grasp it, they need to set a
new goal. You become an encourager to them.
Let your goals be meaningful.
Let them be marvelous.
Let your goals be measurable.
Your goal must not be ambiguous that you can・t
really define it. The tendency for defensive people is to
speak in ambiguities. ：I・m going to become a better
person next year.； Get specific. Or ... ：My goal
is to make more money next year, work harder, and be more
prosperous.； Be more specific! How much? How will you
do it? How will it help you in general? It has to be
measurable in all areas of life. It
has to be specific.
Your goal must be manageable.
That is where you need wisdom and common sense. You need
to be accountable. Every goal you take should have someone
to whom you report with accountability, your spouse (husband
or wife), maybe your hero, or your mentor. Goals have profound
power. Sp they need to be manageable. You can・t blame
others for your failures. In the final decisions, you are
charge of yourself!
"Tomorrow I will stand at the top of
the mountain with the rod of God in my hand." (Exodus 17:9)
Vaughn, my friend, recently died at the age of 100. What
a goal oriented guy he was! He was a young Harvard student
with all expenses paid by a very wealthy father. Norman
had his whole life ahead of him, when he read in the Boston
newspaper that Admiral Byrd was going to lead the first
expedition to the Antarctic Pole. This excited Norman Vaughn
went to the home where Admiral Byrd lived, knocked on the
door, but the maid said, ：I・m sorry, you don・t
have an appointment, and nobody sees Admiral Byrd without
an appointment, goodbye.； Norman did not take ：no；
because he was reaching for his goal. So he went to the
newspaper to find the reporter who wrote the story on the
Antarctic expedition and the editor agreed to help him.
He called Byrd and Byrd met Norman Vaughn and was so impressed
that he said,"Yes."
this young Harvard student, a native of Alaska, bought dogs
and sleds to prove to Admiral Byrd that he could be a dog
sledder. Admiral Byrd told him, ：It・s dangerous,
we may not live, and it・s very risky.； Norman
said, ：I want to go for it.； He set the goal.
To make a long story short, his father said, ：You stay
in class at Harvard or you・re disowned. If you go with
Admiral Byrd, risk your life, no more money from me, not
even for your bread and butter.； So Norman had no source
of income. He got a job as a waiter at a restaurant and
arranged to eat the leftover food from the plates he served.
He did that for years to earn food to keep alive. After
his expeditions with Admiral Byrd, Admiral Byrd named a
mountain at the Antarctica for Norman Vaughn. And
at the age of 89, Norman traveled to the Antarctic and climbed
his own mountain! Norman, God bless you.
is your goal? What is a unique goal for you? Measure it
with God. Is it meaningful? Is it marvelous? Is it measurable?
Is it manageable?
late Coretta Scott King was one of my dear, dear friends
and she has been our guest on the Hour of Power more than
once. Her last appearance was only a few months ago. She
is in our Hour of Power Scars into Stars Hall of Fame beside
another courageous woman, Rosa Parks.
anything be more tragic than the way Coretta・s husband,
Martin Luther King Jr., died? Grief can fatigue and kill
you when you shut off the phones, the calls, the meaning
of life without your spouse. But Coretta Scott King set
a goal, ：How can I perpetuate the best of what Martin
Luther King・s life had to offer?； So she never
walked away from the challenging goals to keep the King
non-violent movement going without him. I was humbled to
be invited to give the closing benediction at her funeral
this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Coretta Scott King let her
goals empower her!
you are, it is all in your hands. If you are grieving, sick
or retired or if you are young and you have never had a
vision or goal of what to do in life, if that is where you
are, then start by looking at Jesus Christ. He was a goal
empowered person! He came to live that He could die to be
a Savior to the world. He is my Savior. On the cross, His
goal was to die for us, a sacrifice. Let Jesus Christ empower
your goals. The tops of church steeples around the world
hold a cross. A symbol to all that Jesus Christ turned the
world・s minus into an eternal plus, and teaches us
that we can do the same. Amen.