“I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself. Of course, my friends, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above.”
To forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.
Why can forgetting what is behind us be so hard to do? I find myself sometimes living in the past, reminiscing about something that happened or who I used to be. Looking at photographs, thinking of people I miss. Dwelling on these things, meditating on the past. While some of these past things may be good and pleasant to remember, if we dwell on them for too long we begin living in the past.
Living in the future is much like living in the past; it can cripple us. When we focus on what is coming, we miss out on what is now. Tomorrow never comes. It is always today. If we cant learn to enjoy THIS moment, how will we ever be able to enjoy the moments ahead?
Paul says that he knows he hasnt already won the prize, the future isnt here yet. But he leads us to this concept of PRACTICE. Running steadily so he can make it to the end without becoming burnt out.
Friends, I encourage you to practice living today. Right now. Keep your goals in front of you and your past behind you. Learn to enjoy this moment.
Put your focus on Christ and leave your failures at His feet. Bask in His presence today.
Help me to be patient, to be steady.
Thank you for forgiving me, help me to forgive myself.
Help me to see myself through your eyes.
Show me how to live today.
May my words and my meditation be acceptable in your sight,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
Thank you for loving me.