With steady eyes, the captain gazed ahead at a mass of land approaching in the distance. Since they first set off for the New World, his crew had traveled nearly 3,000 miles, enduring many hardships. The settlers aboard were eager to stand on dry ground.

Over the next two years, the settlers established a town site and elected a town government. The following year, the government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. But in the fourth year, the settlers tried to impeach the government because they thought it was wasting public funds building a road with no apparent purpose. They had lost their vision.

When we lose sight of our goals, it’s easy to forget where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. Christ never had this problem. Even now He gazes confidently at His ultimate victory. He doesn’t fear the impending conflict with Satan. He sees the outcome as if it has already been realized. We need to also have a clear picture where we’re headed which determines how we live.

As a pastor, you might struggle with church conflict. As a youth, you may wrestle with sin. Maybe you’ve already struggled and wrestled, and you wonder what God has next in your life. Don’t lose sight of your goals. Choose to live your life with His purpose.

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision. — Helen Keller

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.