By Aren Haggard
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.
We all have twenty-four hour days.”
― Zig Ziglar
They just seemed to know. From the first time I met them they all
had this laser focused picture of what the future looked like, almost
as though they had been there already in a time machine and
returned with the utmost certainty that they would achieve their
dreams. Paige would be a marine biologist, Jared would go into
sports broadcasting and Luis would work with helicopters. They told
me this when we were just kids, and now as an adult they have
proven to me the significance of knowing where you are going.
Paige went on to do marine biology work in Hawaii before joining the
Peace Corps. Jared works for Fox Sports. Luis is a helicopter
mechanic in Afghanistan
Napoleon Hill said in his famous work “Outwitting the Devil”, there
are drifters and non-drifters. Those who wander aimlessly through
life, and let life happen to them, and those, non-drifters, who know
where they are going day in and day out refuse to be taken of
course. My friends were certainly non-drifters. How about you?
When we are baptized into Christ we have a resolve about us, a
focus and aim that say “I want to be forgiven of my sins. I need a
Savior and I want to go to heaven!” For most of us nothing was
going to keep us out of that water. But now what? Are we still just as
The psalmist wrote of those who were completely committed to go to
Jerusalem to worship God, “Blessed is the man… whose heart is set
on pilgrimage.” (Ps. 84:5)
We will only be blessed with heaven if we set our hearts on it and
resolve to do whatever is necessary each day to get there. To find
heaven we must find focus.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 1:13