It is imperative that we focus on to pressing toward the goal and refuse to allow our past to define our present. In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul who had a spotty background opted for the latter i/l/o the former when he said, “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. 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, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Moving forward toward the goal is a personal choice and it’s up to you to make that decision. Remember that in order to reach your goal, the first thing you want you to bear in mind is that you must keep your eyes fixed on Christ. If Peter could read this message, he would be the first to testify in the comment section below.
Paul had a vision and a goal ahead of him and he is letting us know that although he didn’t have it all together, he was diligently keeping his eyes on the prize!
Ecclesiastes 9:11 reminds us that “this race [life] is not for the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to the one who endures.” God wants us to keep on striving, keep on trying, and to keep on moving forward because He knows that’s where our greatest blessings reside!