There are big goals in life, but the seemingly insignificant little goals are the key to actually achieving the big ones. For me, one of these goals is my driver’s license renewal due up about a month from now. For the first time in 15 years, I want to (honestly) list my weight as “170 lbs.” Silly? Maybe. Vain? Perhaps, especially now that I’m sharing it so publicly. But in the wake of my yo-yo weights from about 1997-2007, I developed an iron will regarding my current resolve to get fit and stay fit–whether it be for marathons or a simple I.D. card. Hey, in my present hiatus from road racing, my D.L. renewal is a different kind of objective deadline!
I could go on about how my personality is extremely predisposed toward goal achievement once I set my mind on a thing. But suffice it to say that my D.L. weight goal relates to other seemingly insiginificant or even silly goals that the coaches, student leaders, and I reinforce in the Jugheads on a daily basis. “Stay in rhythm in warm-ups. Don’t pick up a drop ‘til after a pose or a dance step. Learn and use leaders’ and peers’ names. Achieve all of the Rec. standards by the end of the year. Be honest with your snack choices and clean-up. Inform us of rehearsal absences. Be courteous in team drills.” Now, none of these are explicit (or implicit) grad. standards for any high school represented among our members, nor will college or job applications ask for a candidate’s five ball record. However, little goals lead to bigger goals, and discipline in small areas usually leads to discipline in bigger areas. Jesus put it this way in a parable to His followers: “You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much” (Matt. 25:21, ESV).
In a previous column, I listed my Top Five reasons I maintain my personal fitness: God, Marriage, Career, Quality of Life, and Longevity. However, something as simple and finite as a D.L. renewal is a very reachable standard, especially after 4.5 years of training. This season is all about the Jugheads achieving reachable standards, and it’s the little choices and little goals they’ve set and achieved since last fall or over the past 10 years that add up to all current successes. Be faithful in a little now, and one cannot know the positive impact awaiting down
the road–in both mundane and grand manifestations.