“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12b-14
It’s nice to know that even the Apostle Paul was intimately acquainted with having distance between himself and his destination. When I say destination I don’t mean a place. That’s not why Christ had taken hold of him. What did Jesus say… “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b). The destination is the fullness of life and we all yearn for that. That’s why he came. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one whose quest for the fullness of life involves significant resistance. Paul’s example for us involves straining. That makes sense to me. Paul’s other piece of advice involves forgetting. That one is less obvious to me. So there are things behind us that we haven’t forgotten that are keeping us from moving toward the goal? That warrants some thought. What things lie behind me that I have not forgotten… that I refuse to forget?