Moving Targets

Moving Targets Level

A fun, free app/game that I play every now and then, usually when waiting in the parking lot to pick up a family member, is “Archer World Cup 2.”  …What? More target talk? An “Archery Game?” Yes, why do you ask? 🙂 Not meaning to overdose on this illustration but it does help me make the …er, point.  I’m pretty sure I hear your “audible sigh” at that, so let’s continue…

[For more “target” talk and background on this post, read this: “Targets We’re Aiming For]

In this game, I usually have a great score in the early levels, even scoring “10’s” (perfect bulls-eye)  at various distances from the target and adjusting my aim for “wind” direction and speed. There’s the sound of the bowstring being pulled back with a soft creaking noise, the whoosh of the arrow on release and the “thhkk” sound of the arrow hitting the target. For an added dose of encouragement, there’s even the sound of a crowd applauding and cheering when I hit the target well.

Then I reach the “moving target” level. Or, as I like to call it, the “Embarrassing Level of Failure Level.” Oh sure, up to this point, it’s all fun and games because, of course, …it really is a game. But regardless, this is where my skill level takes a dive. Not only do I miss the bulls-eye, I miss the target all together. As my arrow flies into the grass behind the target, the once cheering crowd now becomes a groaning mass of “awww” and “ohh’s.”

“Ohh” back at you, you fickle crowd. Don’t you remember how well I was doing up to this point?

Well, anyway, this little game that I’ve spent about six minutes playing about two times a week is actually a pretty good illustration of where we are with our targets, right now. I posted this image via Twitter the other day for further illustration:

Target Fail 2

Leona and I have been doing a great job hitting some of our targets, but a few are still needing a little “target love.” (Insert February, Valentine’s Day and Cupid Joke here.) The odd thing about this is that our targets really aren’t moving around. We’re the ones moving around. It just seems like they’re moving, because we’re about to pass them as time rocks on.

We’ve done pretty well with the targets related to our “call to spiritual vitality” and our “call to physical fitness and health.”  But we, (actually, this one’s mostly me), haven’t… “Me haven’t?”…No. Let me try that again. I haven’t done as well with our “call to create” and our “call to order.” But the problem is mostly with the calendar. It doesn’t seem to want to stand still so I can shoot at it properly. 🙂

So to deal with this “moving target” problem, it seems the best solution may be to, well, “move the target.” I originally thought we’d be able to hit them all by the end of February, but I’m thinking of moving the time frame for those targets back to May.  And in this instance, I’m perfectly okay with that.

Sometimes the issue is not that the target is wrong, it’s just that our timing is off. It’s so easy to miss this. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 🙂 )  So we’re making an adjustment.

“…I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” – Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

Mixed sporting references aside, fear not, we’ll hit those targets, yet – fickle crowd, moving targets and all – in the game and in real life.

How are you doing with your targets? How do you deal with them when they seem to become “moving targets?”

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