This lovely Irish hymn from around the 8th century is playing on my iTunes. Lovely and timeless.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart-
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word-
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18
This song is about aspiration. The act of aspiring is one of the unique human traits given us by the Lord. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and strive towards our high calling, then we rightly aspire. I don’t think it matters so much what we are doing, but why we are doing. Many of our worldly pursuits are honorable, serve a purpose, and what we gain from those pursuits can be used to further Christ. To aspire just for the sake of saying “ah, look what I accomplished” is shallow and unsatisfying. To aspire, to better oneself, for Christ….well, there is no comparison. I want to look back and say, God was with me and look what we did. I want to look forward and say My Jesus, My Saviour, these crowns are Yours.