Some people are great team players, while others are great at bucking against any, and everything. “What in the world are goads?” Goads are used to keep oxen from backing up. They have little spikes on them, and once an ox bumps into them he usually never does it again, because they give a pretty good wake-up call. Frank Damazio, in his book, “Successful Leadership” said, in regards to the “foot-dragger” types, “If you kick, be sure you kick towards the goal.” When I read it I though to myself… “…and don’t kick against the goads!” Saul of Taursus, who of course became the great Apostle Paul, was confronted by the Risen Christ on the Road to Damascus. As he heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul… it’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks, (goads)”[Acts 9:5] If you don’t like what you’re doing, just do everybody a great big favor, and get out! But if you realize that there is some sort of reason why you are at that job, church, relationship, then why not accept the goads? In fact, you ought to be thankful for the goads in your lives, especially God’s goads!
“Are you serious?” Of course! Think of it this way. As long as we buck against the Word and think it’s too hard, or somehow think “God isn’t fair”, then you’re going to find yourself fighting against the very blessing that God is trying to bring into your life. That situation that you’re in – they’re your “goads”. God has placed them in your life so that you can grow, and move forward. As long as you and I kick against the goads we’re going to find ourselves getting angry and resentful. This is going backwards! God is calling you to go forward, and only forward! So, why not say, “God, I love my goads!!” It will make a difference in your life today.