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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #105 --- Goals
Quotations on Goals
Your progress and faith will be determined by the goal you set. One does not pray to reach a goal he does not desire. You set a goal and the program you use is the ladder to reach it. Here is where you need wisdom, wisdom to wisely work out a program to achieve the desired goal. Faith gives you hope to accomplish difficult unseen goals with the help of an unseen but spiritually felt God.
Your goal shows the faith you have and the faith you desire. Wisdom is only given as needed to make decisions and to handle problems as they arise. If you desire great faith you also desire great works. Faith and wisdom are gifts from God and are very much needed to reach high goals.
—Bernard P. Brockbank, Northern New Era, Leeds, England, July 1960.
To set life's goal means to think it "up;" to write it "down" means to formulate a plan; to read it "through" means to evaluate progress; to pray it "in" means to ask for God's divine guidance, and to try it "out" means to pit your abilities against constant challenge."
—Richard Morley, Gull's Cry, Panama City, Fla., Feb. 15, 1961.
Who will win the race of life? These are a few factors of success. First of all, we must settle in our minds the objective we desire to attain. Second, convince ourselves that we can achieve it. Then we must make definite plans whereby we may obtain our purpose or objective. When these conditions have been realized, we must throw our whole soul into the work that is necessary in the final accomplishment of our success. There must be no indecision. Nothing is so enervating and disintegrating as indecision. Faith, then, stands out as the first requisite to success. This means vision plus valor--vision to see what one desires to do, and courage sufficient to rally all one's physical, mental, moral and spiritual powers to drive him forward with irresistible determination until his dream has come true. Self-confidence and self-reliance should not be confused. Self-reliance presumes preparation for one's life work. The key factor in the attainment of success is work. Work, plus good habits, producing robust health of body, mind and soul, will win the prize of success. Success may not be measured in ultimate and final achievement. It is always measured by the direction one is moving and the progress he is making.
—William T. Tew, Jr., East Central States Mission Bulletin, Louisville, Ky., May 1940.
[Read Philippians 3:13-14.] Paul is asserting that a soul created in the image of God ought to be climbing higher in character and achievement. He himself stood preeminently above the best men of his time. Most men would be satisfied with half, or even a tithe, of his accomplishments to their credit, yet Paul was looking for higher heights and to new hilltops.
Paul points out four things that are indispensable to real progress. First, emancipation from the enervating influences of the past, forgetting those things which are past. The second requisite to an upward climb is a noble discontent with the present. Every intellectual achievement, every advance in science or material progress is based on this worthy spirit of discontent.
A third requisite to progress is an exalted objective--a goal worthy of a soul created in the image of God. The world only knows three reasons for human wrecks: lack of purpose, lack of plans and lack of push. Unquestionably, man should use God-given faculties in planning to reach worthy objectives, and push is indispensable, but we must not forget that purpose, plan and push must be in the right direction. Paul points the way--press to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, for regardless of handicaps that is a worthy objective on which success is assured.
—David M. Gardner, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., June 1, 1936.
There is a glory and an honor in a steady aim, a definite goal. All the world is a school, events are the teachers, victorious living the graduating point and character the diploma God gives.
—Leo Johnston, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 30, 1938.
Human beings show extraordinary imagination and daring once they set their hearts on any goal–good, bad or indifferent. The singleness of purpose that makes an individual press on is eloquent proof of the bit of greatness which God has implanted in every human heart. He leaves it to us to channel it in the right direction.
—James G. Keller, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, July 26, 1955.
Whether we attain them or not, goals can be gains. The important thing is to set for ourselves worthwhile objectives and then press toward them. If we attain the goal, fine! If we don't, what do we have to lose? The fact that we have pressed toward a mark indicates that we have put forth some effort which is bound to be rewarded. ...
Goals are what we make them only by careful planning and continuous follow-up. ...
We need to check up on ourselves periodically to see how we are getting along. ...
Someone has said: "If you want dough, you had better remember that the word begins with 'do.'" If we expect to attain our goal, we must remember that the word "goal" begins with the word "go."
—W.R. Bumpas, The Sunday School Builder, Nashville, Tenn., October 1960.
The setting of priorities in life is one of the most important, yet most difficult, activities of life. Without the proper priorities energy, ability, and effort can be wasteful or used inefficiently.
As Christians, we would want to make certain that our priorities are thoroughly Christian. The priorities of life distinguish the believer from the non-believer.
The need of Christianizing priorities became apparent early in the Christian experience. It showed up in the context of the Christian's use of money. Paul introduced it with a discussion of false teachers and false teaching. [See 1 Timothy 6:1-21.]
Some had taught that Christian faith would automatically bring material gain. That teaching is still with us today.
But Paul set the record straight when he indicated that the greatest gain was godliness. This is the priority matter for Christians--to become Christlike.
As we progress toward this goal we can have a contentment in life. We began life with nothing; we can take nothing material from this life. Having Christ we can be content with having our life needs met.
Greed, however, traps many people. The materialists are not always the rich. Some people who are far from wealthy are thoroughly materialistic in their approach to life.
Those persons who are mastered by their greed follow a downward progression of temptation, trap, and ultimate destruction.
Paul then capped it off with a proverbial statement: "For the love of money is the root of all evil." Notice that it is the love of money that is the source of many evils. Money itself is neutral. It all turns on how it is used.
The warning is still appropriate. Due to the greedy desire for gain some have turned from a Christian profession and have suffered a broken heart.
Two words are spoken about goals, one positive word and one negative word.
First the negative matter is presented. The Christian should flee from those greedy goals that make material gain all of life.
Then follows the positive matter. His goals should include righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.
Moving to an athletic metaphor the Christian is reminded to fight the good fight of faith. He is to develop that eternal kind of life, life with an eternal quality to it. ...
To be rich is not to be unChristian. There are positive and Christian uses of wealth. It begins with the recognition that any wealth should not produce arrogance. We have our security in God, not in goods.
The wealth that we have is to be used for good and to be shared in Christian concern. Liberality and generosity can result in much good done for God.
Resulting from this is a foundation of Christian faith put to work. The life which is life indeed is life in Jesus Christ. That is the growth in which each Christian engages.
Setting proper priorities in life is a priority itself. Our faith in Christ helps us to know the direction. Growth toward Christlikeness is always our goal.
—James E. Carter, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., May 26, 1977.
Have a goal in life. We should have a purpose for being alive, about which our thoughts may cluster. We must know where we are going. A mind that revolves about itself, having no sense of direction, becomes a fertile field for some form of psycho-neurosis or an easy prey for antisocial ideology. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, not only so is he, but so does he." One of the great menaces at sea is a ship without a rudder, a derelict in itself and a danger to other voyagers. The drifting person has no destination, no chart. Sooner or later he wrecks himself and may also cause the sinking of others.
Have visions. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18.) Let's turn our minds away from the coarse and ugly, and to the fine and good. We need to see visions of the perfect and inspiring, we need ideals, high as the stars, by which the seafarer steers his course. He cannot reach the stars but they guide him safely over dangers into harbor. Again, stay at the foot of the mountain, and the vision is limited; climb to the top and the horizon widens, revealing unexpected views of glorious beauty.
If man ever needed a vision to guide him out morass of self-inflicted misery, it is now. All the peoples of the earth should gather their thoughts about one unifying ideal, and then spend their energies in the execution of its purpose. There is such an ideal; it was pronounced two thousand years ago by the Prophet of Nazareth, He who is called the Prince of Peace.
—Gustaf Freden, Louisiana Schools, Baton Rouge, La., November 1940.
A leader is someone who influences people to achieve a goal. Leader have to achieve. If they don't achieve, people don't follow them. You've got to have a goal in life. What's your goal? Something big! ... In order to be able to grow, you have to have a focus. You have to be committed to some priority. You can't sit on two chairs at the same time. You've got to have some kind of a priority. You've got to develop your faith as much as you can. You've got to live it as much as you can. You've got to grow. ... You've got to have enthusiasm. If you are ever going to do anything really worthwhile, you've got to have enthusiasm. You've got to have a passion, a purpose. ... You have to focus. You have to put things into perspective. What I find with many people who are tormented is that they'll get caught on the little bitty things. They don't have the overall picture. They don't see the eons. They don't see the billions of people. They don't see the God of the universe. ... I like to get the whole picture and then I can get rid of the doubts.
—Irving A DeBlanc, Glad Tidings, Lake Charles, La., May 28, 1995.
Always let your goals be outside of yourself! To think only of yourself is to cultivate an ingrowing personality which in time becomes as painful to you as it does to everybody else.
If you want to be the most, then do the most and get the most. Keep on enlarging your goals as you grow in ability and accomplishment.
Have an immediate goal and a distant goal, and keep them in line with each other.
He who can throw himself, body and soul, into the interests of others, thereby automatically extends his reach, widens his horizon, increases his power, and deepens his satisfactions.
To get the most out of yourself, you must get out of yourself!
Do you understand there would be less anxiety, frustration, and neurosis if people would find something worthwhile to do, and then do it with all their hearts?
Keeping yourself out of mind and someone else in mind, is the remedy for many troubles.
—Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, June 24, 1952.
In all of our more elevated moods of mind, we dream of the better things in this world of ours. We see in these dreams a higher, better life. As we build these castles in the air, we can look afar and observe in the distance, in ripened old age, a goal, surrounded with honor and good deeds. A goal like this should be set up by every lover of the good and the true–a goal which is above the slush of slander, the daggers of innuendo, the disloyalty of jealousy, and the feigned innocence of double dealing. The goal should be one that is bright, clear and pure as the morning star. It should be a goal that we see in our enlightened dreams; one of honor, justice, tolerance, forbearance, sympathy and love, freed from all faultfinding, hatred, malice or revenge. Such a goal may not be reached, but as an ideal it should always be kept in mind. In the race toward it you may stumble on the way and lose the path which leads to such an achievement. You may strive a hundred times to reach it and be thwarted in every effort for its attainment. The way is not smooth, the path is beset by a thousand difficulties but never falter, never lose heart. Though you should fall short of the prize, the constant effort to attain your ideal will be uplifting and ennobling. If in your utmost attempt, you do not reach that high mark of distinction, it will be due to the imperfections of your nature, for these are the only great stumbling blocks, the only irresistible obstacles in the way.
Honesty and fidelity to trust measure your character and will most surely lead you to the place of greatest worth. Riches and position unfairly acquired cannot give you honor; nor can learning unless it is attended by some of the more sturdy qualities. Betrayal of confidence and disloyalty to trust, either among individuals or in national affairs, is a losing game.
If for a time you miss the goal of honor, do not despair, but try again. Remember, however, that you cannot reach such an acme of success without sacrifice and a fair knowledge of yourselves. In performing your own duty you will find that you will have no time to criticize and belittle your neighbor; you will find no comfort in entertaining hatred, jealousy, envy or revenge and no comfort in insidiously stabbing with darts of innuendo and insinuations. For your own best good you must abandon all worthless bickering, all jealousy, envy, hatred; and from the dark side of life lift yourselves up into the stream of sunlight and there give out good cheer and blessings. Throw sullenness, sadness and feelings of disappointment to the four winds, turn your back upon the past, look ahead and be full of expectancy of the good; let “the bright and the morning star” be our guide and ever gaze upon it for inspiration. Be strong and of good courage. Life is bright for those who will it so to be. Happiness is within the reach of everyone, it lies within us all.
Glean knowledge afar and near from every field and from every clime. Let old age be the harvesting period of riper thoughts and an inspirational nursing time upon the gathered material of earlier days. Let old Father Time mark the days of your youth as well spent, your middle age as filled with important achievements, and your advanced days as ripened in good and well-matured thought. Thus it may be so that your experience shall enlighten those that come after you and spur them on to better lives, greater accomplishments, and a better, saner and happier world.
—Joseph T. Kingsbury, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 7, 1916.
Each day has a beginning and an end. You can start and end it as you will, but be sure that you can do a lot about starting it and ending it as you will. The goals you set and the planning you work will have a great deal to do with the end result. Many people have not as yet learned that they are the "masters of their fate." What direction are you willing to take?
Some people feel sorry for themselves and will always feel that others have had a great amount to do with their status. Others take the opposite approach and will be successful regardless of their obstacles. What is their secret? It would be well for all to realize that we are given an opportunity here to make something of ourselves. No one can cause us to fail but ourselves, and no one can impede our development for any great period of time but ourselves. You are an agent unto yourself, you have the freedom of choice. Yes, other people can suggest, encourage, and point out your potentials, but you and your attitude will determine what goal you will aspire to and how far you will get along the road to that success.
—Thomas B. Neff, New York New York City Mission Bulletin, New York, N.Y., Dec. 6, 1975.
Everybody needs goals to achieve. A day without purpose is usually wasted. A life without a goal is hopeless.
Achieving goals makes one happy. To achieve is to experience joy and satisfaction. Bob Richards says, "Set your goals high--the higher the better." One who sets a low goal seldom achieves. When we set our goals high we bring out the power within us. It's amazing what one can do when he really tries.
—Raymond Price, Pathfinder, Mercer Island, Wash., January 1972.
You do not achieve a worthwhile goal without first deciding what you want. ... Many people fail to accomplish very much in life because they dabble in several things, never quite making up their mind what they want to major in.
Be certain your goals are worthy of your time, talents and energy. If the goals you have set for yourself are not worth life itself it is high time you gave some serious consideration to new goals.. We pass this way only once. We are building each day a foundation for eternity. ...
Make room for God in your life. We can never be happy if we ignore God. We may enjoy a life of sheer luxury, live at the top of the social ladder, and lay claim to fame, but unless we give God first place in our lives I can predict with accuracy that untold misery will be our constant companion. God made us in such a way that we can live without Him, but we can never be happy without Him.
—Robert V. Ozment, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 13, 1962.
Many people go through life without a definite plan. They simply drift along. However, a plan is necessary for intelligent effort, and such effort is essential in reaching a goal. Reaching a goal is a prerequisite for enjoying success. So, you must have a goal in life, and a specific plan by which you can reach that goal. ... Have a deliberate, intelligent plan which gives [you] dynamic power for the future. Have a controlled feeling of energy. Make an honorable sacrifice for the sake of reaching [your] goal.
1. Define your goals--What are they?
2. Determine your goals--Work out a program for reaching them.
3. Dramatize your goals--Set up time tables for reaching them.
4. Deliberate over your goals--Concentrate on the main roads to them.
It's either, "Why is this happening to me?" or "What can I do about it?"
—Drew Rousse, The Daily Iberian, New Iberia, La., Dec. 31, 1988.
"It is not the gale that determines the direction, but rather the sail." It's not the circumstances that determine our destiny. There is a law of desire. You never get an object of value for nothing. You have to pay a price for it. Desire is a place of definiteness. A definite desire. A definite goal. A definite time. ...
We must set our sail to vision we have on the inside of us. ... I have learned that you either let things happen to you or you make things happen to you. Nothing happens for you until you make a decision. ...
Desire, decide, then decree something into existence. Job 22:28 says, "decree a thing." ... Jesus said, "Speak to the mountain, say be thou removed and cast into the sea, and if you don't doubt it shall be done as you say." Decree a thing! You can predict the fate of the mountains by the words you speak. Do you want to overcome lack by decreeing abundance? Stand on God's word. Find a scripture that suits your situation. The Bible is full of pre-programmed seeds that need to be voice-activated by decree.
—Drew Rousse, The Daily Iberian, New Iberia, La., April 15, 1989.
There are two calamities which can befall us. One is not having a worthy goal and the other is not having the ambition to try to achieve.
—Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 30, 1953.
The story is often told of the young man who took his dog rabbit hunting with him. During the course of the day, he came to a clearing on a brushy mountain side. To his surprise, he saw well over a hundred jackrabbits huddled together not more than a few steps from where he was standing. The dog at his side yelped with excitement sprang into the middle of the clearing. Then the confusion began! Rabbits seemed to be darting in every direction. The yellow sheep dog wasn't used to such sport and seemed to immediately get lost in the chase. He bounded off in one direction, only to stop short and spring off in the other direction as a better "catch" crossed his path. Again and again the object of his pursuit changed until the bewildered animal simply sat on its haunches and howled in utter frustration.
Unfortunately, many of us follow this same pattern in our every day lives. We direct our zeal and enthusiasm in one direction, only to change and reset our goals at the slightest provocation. After days and weeks of such instability, we become conscious of our lack of progress. We get bewildered and end up sitting down on the job in utter frustration.
—Glen M. Roylance, The Berlin Spirit, West Berlin, August 1962.
The road to success is paved with different types of challenges and opportunities. Before an individual can start on the road to success he must first of all have a desire to achieve and acquire the reward that lies at the end of his planned destination. If he starts on this important road before his desire is strong enough to motivate results he will find the going hard and eventually will lose his way and will, most likely, never arrive at the end of his goal. On the actual roads we travel today we find signs and markers which help us from taking a wrong turn or a useless side road. We must watch for detour signs and be careful when we are driving on roads that are under repair. On roads of this type we must maintain a safe speed and keep alert for these obstacles that might cause us to swerve off the side.
The previous analogy applies to the road to success. We must develop a desire to become a success in all that we do. As we strive to achieve our goal we must take advantage of the opportunities that have been put before us along with the signs and markers that have been placed along the road to guide us to our ultimate goal–SUCCESS. If we do not develop our faith and attitude towards the work that must be done to gain this success we will find that we are running into the imaginary ruts and bumps that accompany retrogression. It is important that we do not take useless side roads in trying to get to our destination ahead of our regularly scheduled time.
—Dennis E. Smith, The Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 1958.
A life without a goal is pointless and purposeless. It can have no sense of direction. We may not reach our goal but we will not make any desirable progress. If our goal is not high enough to require divine strength and wisdom, it is entirely too low.
Philippians 2:1-18; 3:1-21 refers to a mighty thrust toward a goal of dizzy heights. It requires the adrenalin of excitement so that like the track contestant, we can muster a final thrust when we feel exhausted. It demands poise with patient perseverance.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that there are many witnesses watching us. No weight or besetting sin much shackle us. All excess baggage must be unloaded. Above all other witnesses beholding our race is our Lord at the finish line. We are to keep our eyes on Him.
It is a race that each of us can win, if we pay the price. We are in it right now. How are we running? Remember what Jesus did--how He finished and what odds He overcame for us. ...
After his conversion Paul came into possession of a totally new outlook and a new set of concepts. All of his boasted righteousness and zeal he surrendered and counted this as refuse compared to the excellency of the knowledge in Christ Jesus.
A burning desire came into him to know Christ and have a sense of the power of the resurrection, enter into the fellowship of his suffering and attain unto a taste of the meaning of the resurrection itself.
Paul made it clear that he had not attained perfection in this new life and way. he emphasized that he had been apprehended for those high concepts and the supreme goal in Christ. yet he had not apprehended or laid hold of them in completeness.
He resolved to burn all bridges and throw himself fully into pursuit of his new values and goal.
There are things in our past that depress us when we recall them. There are things in our past that tend to lull us into self-satisfaction when we dwell on them. Paul was determined to let neither hold him back in pursuit of his new vision. ...
He uses the word "perfect" in two senses. One refers to complete maturity in Christ and the other uses the idea of inclusiveness of his perspective and sanctification which we have in Christ imparted to us. All who are in the likeness of Christ in that last sense are to follow the same guidelines in pursuit of the mark of high calling in Christ Jesus which is the supreme prize.
—W.R. White, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 24, 1974.
Have you a definite aim or purpose in life? Have you fixed a goal, with a burning determination to reach it? The man with a definite purpose has a conquering spirit. He flashes out upon the horizon like a fixed star. He sets the pace for the other man. He leads the way. He has a vision. He knows which way he is traveling, and he knows WHY. He can see the end from the beginning, because he has pictured it in his imagination.
The person who has a definite aim in life grasps every opportunity that will help him achieve his end. The person who drifts has no aim, and, therefore, sees no opportunity.
When a man once decides upon an objective he expects to make sacrifices. He meets difficulties with eagerness. He is willing to endure almost any hardship in order to accomplish his purpose.
Your future success depends upon this one thing; have a definite aim or purpose in life; fix your goal, and then do all in your power to reach that goal, and your success is assured.
—R.F. Williams, Panhandle Herald, Panhandle, Texas, May 24, 1929.
Character cannot develop where there is no future, for character is what grows when a person commits himself to purposes, and purposes are drives toward formulated future objectives. Goals, even when so badly chosen as to necessitate radical changes in them, do give a sense of continuity in living. They require a unifying of personality and movement in one direction towards a destination. They give meaning and significance to human effort. They permit one to see himself in perspective, to get a sense of continuance and progress. In carrying on a long-term project one discovers how well he can hold himself to his purposes, how dependable he is. He develops integrity. But when the best-laid plans and the noblest purposes are of small avail, one feels himself nothing, but a cork bobbing about on variable currents. He is subject to every external influence and is susceptible to all sorts of impressions.
—Regina Westcott Wieman, Religious Education, Mount Morris, Ill., October-December 1938.
The right goal can never be reached without that first careful step in the right direction.
—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 28, 1943.
Success is something desired by almost every man, but achieved by only a few. It is something, too, which most people are never quite able to define or describe. This leads to the inevitable question, "What is success?"
So elusive is the answer that the line between success and failure is often as tiny as the width of a hair. At times the two seem indistinguishable.
The fact is that the event which temporarily seems to be victory may carry the seed of defeat.
Napoleon faced this dilemma and discovered this principle during his invasion of Russia. He conquered much land as he penetrated deeply into Russian territory. It all seemed to be to his advantage until the cruel northern winter struck its tragic blow. Then Napoleon discovered all too late his inability to maintain long supply lines in the face of winter and the enemy simultaneously. Against such odds the whole invasion was lost and the drive collapsed.
Was not Hitler's experience almost identical? And Mussolini's?
History revealingly records that many times the Mongols overran China. Such seemed not only to be periodical but systematic. Always the Mongols seemed to be overrunning China. But where are the Mongols today? What did their conquest bring them? China simply amalgamated the conquering invaders and moved on. So again the seed of defeat and even disappearance were present in what appeared to be strides toward victory.
Could these achievements be called success? Not when the long look put them in proper perspective. All of these incidents can be classified as defeats in spite of the tremendous military advances recorded.
As I see it, there are two basic elements in true success. Both are necessary ingredients if a person is to succeed. These two elements are bathed in high moral principles, and both of them must come into play or a person has failed in life no matter what his accomplishments might on the surface appear to be.
The first element in success is to "establish worthy goals." The key word here is worthy. Otherwise one can consider the reaching of any goal as success when it certainly should not be considered so. A bootlegger sets as his goal the sale of a hundred thousand dollars worth of illicit alcoholic beverages, or a dope pusher may set a million dollars as his target. Each may achieve his goal, but the principle of making a lasting accomplishment collapses because the goals set were unworthy in the first place.
Goals must be worthy ones based on high moral principles, fed by high ideals, and contributory to the welfare of humanity. The Holy Spirit and the Bible are both indispensable to the Christian in determining objectives.
Worthy goals are imperative in true success. There can never be the inner satisfaction of any accomplishments on an enduring basis until worthwhileness is a recognized ingredient.
The second element of success is just as necessary. It is to "achieve the worthy goals by ethical means."
Goals can be worthy, but a person's method of attaining them can be atrocious and shameful. Thereby intended success once again can become ignominious failure.
To illustrate again, one can list the goal of raising a million dollars with the objective of giving it to a Christian college or children's home. No one would question the worthwhileness of such a gesture. However, if the person who has set this as a worthy objective, tries to achieve it by climbing with hobnails on the shoulders and consciences of others in order to get the million dollars to be given away, every observer has the valid right to question the worthwhileness of his achievement. By any reliable norm his accomplishment could not be counted as real success even though the million dollars might be used most worthily.
Success can be measured. This is fortunate. Valid principles can be applied to an accomplishment to see if it is lastingly worthy or not.
Two questions each man must ask are: How worthy are my goals? How ethical are the means that I use to achieve them? To be able to answer both of these questions positively is to set the stage for a lasting contribution to society and even to the kingdom of God. Inherent in it all is the Christian ideal and the ethic of Jesus.
It is doubtful that God will intervene to help any man succeed unless both of these ingredients are present. His goals must be worthy. His methods must be above question.
Is any man successful unless God can behold the total spirit and the accomplishments of his life and say with joy, "well done"?
—James L. Sullivan, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., May 27, 1971.