Where are you putting your energies?

Philippians 3:13 says, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
As I read this I could see Paul’s passion. You can see that he still has a way to go but I am challenged by how he looks at the situation. He knew he had not arrived yet but his goal was to know Christ more and to be all that Christ desired for him to be. He was not willing to take his eyes off that goal…he would not let himself be sidetracked. I guess you could say he was a man on a mission.
In that next verse it says, “I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” This verse puts a great vision in my head of an athlete striving to be all he can be to win that race! Someone who is relentless in their approach, who is willing to give all they can to get that trophy or medal.
If I may go back to verse 13 something it says really sticks out to me as very important and something I remember from my own life as an athlete. The last part of verse 13 has great importance to our lives as Christians. Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. When I ran cross country in high school our coaches would always tell us don’t look behind you, keep your eyes forward at that next person you are going to catch or that next goal you want to reach. I think this advice is so important to our Christian life as well. It can be easy for us to live in yesterday. It can be easy for us to dwell on mistakes we have made in the past, ways that we wish we would have done things differently, or maybe even how we wish other people would have done things differently. It can be so simple to slip into that mode of “If I only…” “I should have done this…” “I should have said this…” When we do that we are taking our eyes off the prize; when we do this we are taking our eyes off our goal. When we look back and dwell on mistakes we have made, ways that we have stumbled, or ways maybe others have hurt us we can’t move forward. We cannot move forward today while living in the past. So today I encourage to leave the past in the past and live for today as you seek to live the wonderful life that God has in store for you!

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