“My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal—my reward the honour of being called by God in Christ.” (Philippians 3: 13-14, JB Phillips New Testament)
Let’s stretch our hands out to what lies ahead. Let’s relax our grip on the past, the limiting, the mistakes and fears of yesterday. Let’s change our focus. Let’s look forward with expectation, relishing what God has in store for us.
We are being called to progress. We may not know all the answers and we can’t humanly discern the details of the future. But we can know what we do know, what is true: we are called to be and do good, and God made us capable of it. The Christ has revealed this certainty to us and is our faithful and powerful companion each step of the way.
Our objective is not to achieve a particular end, a specific human accomplishment. The goal that Paul speaks of and that we can embrace, is the reward of knowing that we are called—that we are enabled and empowered by God to be representatives of His purpose, to share His qualities of goodness, light, and love with the world.
This is an honor that we can gratefully claim. We can naturally advance in our days and years with outstretched giving hands, and open receptive hearts.
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