Saturday August 4, 2018
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
I have a strong sense Paul is alluding to the Grecian races, which were part of the Olympics during this time. Someone who was running to win the prize would never turn and look behind him to see how far he has gotten or where his competitors were at. He would maintain focus on his goal, the prize, and do everything he could to obtain it. If he got distracted, it could mean losing the race and ultimately the prize. What are you running towards in life? And do you have the focus to achieve it?
We all need goals in life. Physical goals. Spiritual goals. Mental goals. Personal goals. They help us stay on track to where we want to head in life. A few of my goals are, pray every day, read a chapter from a book, and make someone smile. Goals need to be challenging, yet attainable. They can be short-term or long-term. Either way, we need them to help us to stay on track.
I recommend writing a few down and reading them every morning. People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals. The first thing our mind reads or thinks has a profound impact on our day as well. Reading our goals and dreams is a perfect way to get the day going. But, where does this all fit in with our faith?
The title of this section in chapter three is “Pressing toward the Goal.” So what is this “Goal”? Verse 14 gives us an idea, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” I believe our goal and purpose as followers of Jesus is to glorify His name and bring all of our friend and family with us to Heaven. The only way we can do that is to love others as Jesus loved us.
“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines” – Brian Tracy
What goals do you need to write down?
Do you have your eyes on the ultimate goal?
Dear Lord, help us to press forward and not worry about the past. Teach us to be persistent in all we do and love others unconditionally. Amen.
Have a great day!