It was just a few years ago that I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what the term “1st and goal” even meant. However, as our youngest son began his peewee football, then his jr high football, and finally his high school football career, I began to figure it out. Yeah, it took me that long. (I seriously think it took me four years to understand the concept of a first down). Through the years we saw some great coaching and some not so great coaching and truly began to understand how much good coaching can mean to successful teams.
At the California CPC (Children’s Pastor’s Conference) last year, I met some of the wonderful people of Kidology. We hit if off immediately and next thing I knew the Lord had drawn me to the wonderful world of children’s ministry coaching. Not as a coach, but as a “player”!!! After twelve years in Kidmin, I am beginning to take my game to a whole new level. And although at times I hate to admit it, I love it–really, really love it. For you see, I’m being stretched, held accountable, and being called to set goals. Ugggghhhhhh!! I mean Yeeeeeeeaaaaaa!!!!!
No doubt, my coach, a great guy name Todd McKeever (check him out at www.toddmckeever.com) has encouraged me, yes even forced me, (okay, well, only because I signed on for it) to set and keep goals. Ministry goals, spiritual goals, family goals, financial goals, fitness goals and now, praytell, one year and life goals. Lord knows, (and so does Todd) that this is not something that I have enjoyed or that I was especially receptive to . .at first. BUT, and this is a big but, goals are changing my life, and as a result, the lives of those around me. The focus, purpose and accomplishment of these goals makes me stronger, makes those on my team stronger, and makes my witness for Christ stronger. I’m having opportunities to share the process with others, and together through the directed approach of goal setting we are “moving those chains” down the field towards the goal–surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on from the heavenly realms. At least that’s how I see it in my head.
I’ve finally learned that goals really can be SMART– Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely not just Suffering, Migrain Inducing, Annoying, Reminders of Time Wasted. I’ve learned that in accepting their worth, I’m changing outwardly and inwardly at the same time, and I’ve learned that this unschooled, ordinary woman can shine a little more brightly because she has spent time with Jesus allowing Him to be the ultimate coach and goal setter of her life.
I think Paul said it best when he said in Philippians 3:10-14″I want to know Christ, yes to know the power of His resurrection and the participation in his suffering and becoming like Him in His death, and somehow, attaining to the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have already attained all this or have arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . .I don’t consider myself to have yet taken ahold of it, but one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
And that’s my ultimate 1st and Goal until He returns to take me across the line into the neverENDing ZONE.