Several years ago while living in Richmond, Virginia I took a motorcycle safety and riding class in order to get a motorcycle endorsement on my license. The class was pretty informative including the fact that there are probably some people, some of whom were in my class, that shouldn’t be riding motorcycles on the streets. But, that’s a different story. There was a principle taught in the class that has always stood out to me. They taught that when you’re in a turn on your motorcycle, you don’t look directly in front of you, you look in the direction of the turn where you’re going. Or, to say it in a more simple way, when riding a motorcycle, always look in the direction you want to go. Why? Because you’re always going to tend to go in the direction in which you’re looking.
The same is true in life. Or, I could put it this way. If you want to succeed today and make progress toward where you desire to go in life, it matters where you’re looking. Now, I could talk here about keeping your goals in sight, or keeping your eyes focused on your dreams. Neither of these are bad things. But, the writer of Hebrews tells us of something better on which to keep our eyes locked. He says, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) He writes this in the context of running the race of faith and life.
Here’s what I’m saying: if you want to ensure that you’re heading in the right direction today; if you want to make sure you’re making progress in life today, don’t just stay focused on your goals stay focused on THE Prize. This, of course, is Jesus Himself. If you’re focused on Him, you’re always going in the right direction.