Philippians 3:12–16 (ESV)
Straining Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers,
I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
In today’s reading is a passage that I cling to and live by. We spend too much time focusing on the past and where we have gone wrong. Don’t live in the past,
but look to the future. The rearview mirror in a car is small and the windshield is large. If you are too focused on the past… you are spending too much time looking into the rearview mirror. You will crash because you are not focused
on where you are going. Remember the windshield is large and shows us where we are headed. The rearview serves as a reminder of what is behind us, but we live for the future. Keep your eyes on Jesus,
not the past. Now apply this verse to what I have been saying. “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.”
I pray: O Lord… too often we are stuck in the past or let the past define
who we are. Help us to focus on the future and let Christ define us as who we are. Amen.