The End and Aim of Life

What an individual is will largely be determined by that which is the end and aim of his life. It is ever true that men are shaped by the goals to which they aspire. Paul said, . . this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3: 13, 14.)

The following pithy paragraph from the March issue of Nuggels, written in poetic prose, suggests the importance of proper goals:

"What would we do in this world of ours were it not for the dreads ahead? For thorns are mixed with the blooming flowers no matter which path we tread. And each of us has his golden goal, stretching far into the years, and ever he climbs with a hopeful soul with alternate smiles and tears. The dream ahead is what holds him up through the storms of a ceaseless fight, when his lips are pressed to the wormwood's cup and the clouds shut out the light. To some it's a dream of high estate, to some it's a dream of a truce with Fate in a constant search for health. To some it's a dream of home and wife; to some it's a crown above; the dreams ahead are what makes each life, the dreams - and faith - and love!" (Anon.)

What is your dream - your golden goal? Solomon said: "Hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12: 13.)

(taken from Gospel Visitor, March 16, 1961)