Anxiousness and impatience are the fuel for GOAL FEVER. Getting to a set goal at all costs often causes unwanted or unnecessary consequences.
This truism played out for me as a child when my younger sibling went after a cookie in a cookie jar placed high on a shelf above the refrigerator. Hearing a crashing sound, I raced to the kitchen where I found my sister on the floor writhing in pain. Toppled over beside her were a small stool and a wood box with a chair strategically placed in front of the refrigerator. GOAL FEVER had set in and the consequences hurt!
Our athlete children can also fall prey to GOAL FEVER. Things like a rushed pass, an extra hard hit, an excessively thrown elbow or even an anxiousness to get on the field or court with unsecured or ill-placed gear can result in harm to themselves or others.
“Don't mistake activity with achievement.” Coach John Wooden
God’s Word tells a story of GOAL FEVER. It is found in the book of Numbers 14:31-45. Here the people of Israel decided to take over the Promised Land by force. Their leader, Moses, had not been given the go-ahead by the Lord so he tried to stop them…
Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed! Numbers 14:41
Staying behind, Moses could only watch as the Israelites were pushed back and hurt by the inhabitants of the land. GOAL FEVER had gotten the best of them! In their anxiousness they had purposefully gone against God’s plan. The result? More lost time in the desert before they would inhabit the Promised Land.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What goal tends to make you push ahead more insistently than you should?
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3b NLT
AVOID GOAL FEVER – WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD’S DIRECTION!
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