Goals are key to moving forward in the workplace. But good strong goals have a weak spot.
In today’s rat-race and dog-eat-dog world, we need to address an inherent question that is often taken for granted: Can we stay in the process long enough to meet our goals?
Tagged to goals is the value of ENDURANCE.
I enjoy triathlon as a sport, and I have been doing it for the last 8 years. It is an endurance sport, and a key triathlon principle is SUSTENANCE for ENDURANCE.
PRE-RACE sustenance ensures that the triathlete is ready to race.
RACE-DAY sustenance ensures the chances of finishing the race.
POST-RACE sustenance ensures good recovery and readiness for the next race.
Each phase is equally important to last in the sport.
The same is true for our goals.
What sustains us before we reach the workplace?
What sustains us while in the workplace?
After work, how do we recover and get ready for the next goal?
Jesus addresses this when He spoke to a Samaritan woman:
John 4:14 “…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
He tells the woman that eternal life springs forth from Him. Jesus also addresses another life concern: She has jumped from husband to husband, thinking she will find true sustenance and satisfaction.
He tells her that sustenance will come only from Him.
Goals are good. They keep us focused and moving forward. But they cannot sustain and satisfy us fully.
Unfortunately, in today’s goal-oriented world, we are motivated by the goal itself, sustained by it and look forward to its rewards. All these are good to get us motivated – have a bigger business, aspire for promotion, buy a bigger house or a newer car, etcetera. But they will not sustain.
So where do we get our sustenance? WHO is our source of sustenance?
We were all created to be in a relationship with Christ and He is our sustenance. Our needs are so great that nothing in this world can satisfy, but God alone.
Jesus describes Himself in the book of John, “I am”.
HE sustains and satisfies.