The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, "Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." (3:12-14)
You can almost feel Paul straining to cross the finish line, leaning in to break the tape. In that situation you cannot look back or it will slow you down. All good runners in a race know that you face forward and move forward and lean forward. That is exactly what Paul is doing and telling the Philippians to do as well.
The tone of this passage is FORWARD and that is on my mind for 2021. It is probably on all of our minds. There is a higher calling. There is plenty still to do. There are people to love and children to raise and hungry mouths to feed. All of that is in the here and now. And so the focus is now and the future.
I pray that 2021 will be a year that we all strain forward for the high calling in Christ Jesus, that we all move forward in hope and faith. Press on toward the goal of loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and loving your neighbor as you love yourself!
Love and Prayers,