I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. All of us who are mature should think in this same way. And if any of you think differently, God will make it clear to you. But we must keep going in the direction that we are now headed. (CEV)
It’s so easy to allow the past to hold us back… to get stalled on our journey. Probably the best “use” for the past is to give us context for today. It informs us of our progress. It helps us know how far we’ve come. We cannot, however, look backward and continue to effectively move forward.
If we try to drive while constantly looking in the rear view mirror, we are destined to collide with something looming in front of us. We have to periodically check our mirror, but concentrate our attention on the road ahead.
As Paul states, I have certainly not “arrived”. I have to remind myself daily that “Christ has taken hold of me” so I can “keep on running”. When Christ took hold of me, He set my trajectory. My task is to keep going in that direction… forgetting what is behind, aiming for what is ahead, but never losing sight of how far He has brought me!