“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
I know for a fact that I’ve set almost impossible goals to myself. The fact that they became possible doesn’t mean that we should always do so.
Elder Oaks has said:
“If we concentrate too intently on our obvious earthly methods or objectives, we can lose sight of our eternal goals, which the Apostle called “things … not seen.” If we do this, we can forget where we should be headed and in eternal terms go nowhere. We do not improve our position in eternity just by flying farther and faster in mortality, but only by moving knowledgeably in the right direction.” Source: here.
We do not have the option of getting distracted, or of losing track of our goals. If we are spiritually minded, we will be focused enough on the things that are spiritual that we will be able to set eternal goals, goals that even when hard, will be achievable to us.
I love this entry. Elder Oaks is so direct, there’s no way to misinterpret what he’s saying:
“We must not confuse means and ends. The vehicle is not the destination. If we lose sight of our eternal goals, we might think that the most important thing is how fast we are moving and that any road will get us to our destination.” (Same)I hope that we can focus our lives, set objectives, and not get distracted with the lesser matters. We only have this life to live.
“This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God”~Amulek (Alma 34:32)
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