The Objective

Kids seem to think they should be judged on effort, good intentions, and process. If they do something according to the prescribed steps, they believe that should be sufficient. The real world, however, judges on results. One example: Looking both ways before you cross the street is not enough. The 3,000-pound vehicle barreling toward you doesn’t care what you did, and it will smash into you if you get in its way. The objective is not to go through a certain routine (looking both ways); it is to cross the street safely. It can be a painful lesson.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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