KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE

This past Memorial Day weekend, when so many were standing around the barbeque in the back yard or picnicking at the beach, I was on a family road trip to San Jose.

I made the trek to watch my daughter receive her Master’s Degree in Library & Information Sciences (MLIS) from San Jose State University.   I’m sharing this story for several reasons.

The first is that I am so proud of her.  She worked 30-40 hours/week during her entire school career while attending school full time.

The second is to offer others encouragement.  Sometimes we struggle more than we think is appropriate.  Why am I not making progress? What’s up with that?  As I was sitting in the bleachers, I realized that she had graduated from high school in 2002.  I did the math in my head; it had taken her 14 years to reach this point.  It took four  years from AA to BA and three BA to MLIS.   How do we have so much time left over?

Rachel wanted to be a teacher since the fourth grade. Once she entered Community College and was exposed to so many fields of study, she became overwhelmed with her choices. She just started taking classes in all fields of study. She finally realized that her love of literature trumped all else. She eventually graduated from CSUSM with a degree in Comparative Literature with a plan to be a teacher at the Community College level.

She then decided that she would rather be part of getting literature in the hands of the population than teaching students about specific literature.   She graduated with an emphasis on Youth and hopes one day to run a youth program in a public library.  She is deeply concerned about literacy issues as well.

My point is that our goals are not always fully understood from the beginning.  We also can easily get side-tracked along the way.  I think about so many of us on our faith journeys.   The goal is not always clear. There may even be a period of time when we lose sight of the goal altogether.

On our faith journey as Christians, SALVATION is our ultimate goal.

We are warned in Matthew that we do not know the hour or the day. My advice for you as well as myself is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep your eye on the prize.