Forgetting What Lies Behind …

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.1

The Boston Marathon is being run today. The only reason I know that is because of the news coverage. I’m not a runner. Because of my physical problems, I don’t have the body or the stamina to do it.

But Paul said that life is like a race that requires training and preparation. I’ve found that’s true, especially in the past few weeks. It can be discouraging when everything you’ve fought to achieve is destroyed in a few short days. But when that does happen, the race is not lost. The good news is that I can begin again – my race does not end until the Lord calls me home.

Today’s verses remind me that there are two parts to winning the prize – forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward the goal. In other words, I can’t dwell on my failures, my setbacks or my stumbles. As a Christian, I’ve got to remember that I will never achieve perfection. I will make mistakes, hurt my loved ones, miss the mark. Unfortunately, it’s all part of life. Does that mean I”m free to stop trying? No! I must keep trying. I must begin again.

An hymn promises that “… morning by morning, new mercies I see …2” Thank you, Father! We cannot dwell on our failures. If we believe the promises of the Bible, when we get to Heaven we will receive a perfect body3. And until that time, we must keep training and running the race.

So, in the meantime: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.4
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1 Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
2 from Great is Thy Faithfulness, written by Thomas O. Chisholm
3 Philippians 3:21
4 I Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV)

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