One Goal

…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

- 1 Corinthians 10:31

It is easy to get trapped into viewing your life only through the lens of what your life is not. We tend to hold up where we are now and look at it through all we expected to already be, or against the dreams of what it one day could become, and we then find ourselves frustrated, discouraged, and dejected.

This is an easy place for me to find myself. To have passion and excitement over the things I want to pursue, what I want to do, and what I want to become. Only to then look at where I am, what I’m doing, and who I am, and feel like those dreams are so far away and unobtainable.

This hit especially hard a few nights ago, and I found myself alone in my room wrestling with God. I was mad and I wanted him to know it. I wanted to tell him that I felt alone and forgotten by him. I yelled at him, I questioned him, and once I was emotionally exhausted, I simply wept with him. Our God is a good father and he let me cry, then as he has always done, in a patient, gentle, yet firm voice, he said clearly to me, “Shawn, you have one goal. Glorify me.”

Suddenly things started falling back into perspective. All my pleading and confession of my need of and dependence on him was answered. There in that moment came a still over my storm.

One goal.

The goal is not about me. It is not about what I want. It is about him. The goal of his glory over mine can be pursued no matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, and no matter who I am. It is simple. It is clear. It is an easy yoke to ware.

When my goal is for my glory and my name, frustration, anxiety, discontentment, jealousy come rising up easily in me. However, when I am aiming only at his glory, peace, comfort, and contentment come rushing in.

One goal.

We have one aim for this life. To glorify him. That is where joy and rest come. That is where I want to stay. So whatever direction God chooses to point my life, seasons of waiting or clear direction, into opportunities or even adversities, there is one goal. His glory.

So, I will still dream of what could be and I will still hope. But my life has one goal, and it is not to see my dream fulfilled, but to see my Savior glorified! I was never made to be satisfied by my glory or my plans anyway. I was made to be satisified by Jesus Christ!

Two little lines I heard one day,

Traveling along life’s busy way;

Bringing conviction to my heart,

And from my mind would not depart;

Only one life, twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,

Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,

And stand before His Judgement seat;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

– C.T. Studd


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