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Lee’s Philosophy of Life
General Robert E. Lee said, You can have anything you want—if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish ...

Lee’s Philosophy of Life

General Robert E. Lee said,

You can have anything you want—if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish—if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

Lee said we can do anything we set out to accomplish if we “will hold on to that desire with singleness of purpose.”

The apostle Paul refused to let past failures hinder him from accomplishing God’s mission for his life. Referring to a Greek marathon runner, Paul said that a person who is running for the prize cannot afford to look behind him. Looking back can only slow down the runner. He must keep his eyes fixed resolutely on the goal, the finish line. He must stay focused on the task at hand.

Satan uses the tactic of distraction. His plan is to get us to take our eyes off Jesus. But we must continue to press forward. Our race will not be completed until the Lord calls us home. Until that time, we must carry on running with our eye on the prize. Remember, with God, “all things are possible.”

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12–14

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