Matt Emmons had the gold medal in sight. He was one shot away from claiming victory in the 2004 Olympic 50-meter three-position rifle event. He didn’t even need a bull’s-eye to win. His final shot merely needed to be on target.
Emmons, locked in on the target and fired. Normally, the shot he made would have received a score more than enough for a gold medal. But in what was described as “an extremely rare mistake in elite competition,” Emmons had locked in on and fired at the wrong target. Standing in lane two, he fired at the target in lane three. What was His score for a good shot at the wrong target? — 0. Instead of a medal, Emmons ended up in eighth place.
It doesn’t matter how accurate you are if you are aiming at the wrong goal. So often, we miss out on the best things in life because we are only locked in on good things. The Bible teaches that we should be living out our days with our heart, mind, soul, and strength focused on exalting God. We learn that if we seek first the kingdom of God, all of things we seek will be given to us, because our lives are fixed on the right target! So, what are you aiming for?