What does it mean to be aimless? Well, it all starts with a target. If you are shooting arrows, you AIM to hit the middle of the target or the bullseye. The same is true if you are shooting a gun. Aimless comes in when there’s no target. There are days when I can’t seem to get a grip on what the target is or where it’s located. I can walk around in circles and sigh as I seek to find a target worthy of my time and energy. In general, I’m a person who plans and prepares for things in the future; but on aimless days I just look for coffee. Coffee becomes the target of my aimless ramble. But what good does that do me, you ask? Believe me, I don’t really have an answer about the good it does, but it certainly gives me a boost in my rambling.
What gives me the boost of energy to ramble aimlessly? Let’s talk about the smell of coffee. Even before you bring that relaxing and enjoyable cup of coffee to your lips, your nose is already enjoying it. Others enjoy it too as they smell it in your home or office. The smell can cause your eyes to close and your whole body to relax. Even though the smell is great, let’s not forget the taste. Pumpkin spice is what tickles my taste buds in the Fall. It’s just the right combination to bring pleasure to my mouth. Then, there’s the smile. Yes, coffee gives me the ability to smile as I’m aimless. As I think of it, there’s a bullseye of smell and taste. The coffee has hit that bullseye for me. The problem? After about 30 minutes, I’m aimless again. You see, the coffee is only a temporary boost to the problem. I need a permanent solution to being aimless.
The world offers many solutions to being aimless. If you look on the internet for organizational help, you’ll find many advertisements of those who would want to take your money to give you an aim for your life. Remember, their aim is your money! If you write the check or swipe the card, you’ve helped them meet their aim. Money can disappear quickly just like my coffee. So money can’t be our aim in life. What is an aim in life that will never disappoint and will never end?
“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9
What is Paul talking about here? He’s telling us as followers of Christ our aim, every day and in every way, should be to please God. This aim doesn’t disappoint or fade away. This aim has eternal life attached to it. The act of pleasing God is the bullseye on which is written, “well done good and faithful servant.” Life is hard and sometimes feels like it’s totally aimless, but in those moments we still have a bullseye. How can we please God when we feel aimless and have already had our coffee?
- We can pray for God’s direction in our lives and seek his wisdom. Paul writes to the people in Colossae, “…we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10
- We can look for someone to love either by praying or contacting her. Paul writes to the church at Philippi, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
When we are aimless, we have a tendency to think of ourselves. We can focus on what we lack rather than on our gains. The idea of stopping our rambling and replacing it with thoughts of God and others will give us an aim. This aim is pleasing to God. The truth is we are never aimless, there’s always a choice to choose the aim.
So in conclusion, enjoy your coffee but remember there’s a more important bullseye to hit.