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Focus on the Goal

This past weekend I did a triathlon.  The triathlon consisted of a 1 mile swim, a 25 mile bike and a 6 mile run.  The swim portion of the race was in open water.  If you've never had the experience of swimming in open water, it's much different than swimming in a pool.  In a pool you have lines and lanes and it's easy to tell where you are going.  When you swim in the open water, you do not have the lines or lanes and therefore you have to continually look up and focus on your goal.  If you don't look up, you can very easily and very quickly get off course.  As I was swimming in the race this past weekend I had a time that I was focused only on swimming and not on my goal.  After only maybe 8 or 10 strokes I looked up and realized I was starting to go in the wrong direction.  It didn't take long.  It made me think about the gospel and how easy it can be to get off course if we're not focused on our goal.  We hear over and over again that we need to do the little things like pray, read the scriptures, etc. to stay on course.  It's amazing that when we're not doing these little things how easy our life can get off course.  It doesn't take much to get off course.  But if we stay focused on our goal, we will always stay the course.

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1 Comment about "Focus on the Goal"

said this on 02 Aug 2008 2:27:59 PM CDT
Great thoughts. I guess life is kind of like a triathlon in that we have different stages in our lives and we just need to keep going toward the finish line (as you said, focus on the goal) no matter how many challenges come our way. I'm grateful for the Savior, who keeps me on track as long as I stay focused on Him. I think we sometimes suppose our goal is to get ourselves to the Celestial Kingdom, but we have no chance to get there without Christ. So, in reality, our goal is to come unto Christ and be perfected in him. Only then can we have a reasonable hope for exaltation.

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