READ : Philippians 3:7-14
Every four years Olympic athletes from around the world gather to compete for the gold medal in many different sporting events. The Apostle Paul likens his life’s goal to the prize at the end of a race. But instead of an earthly prize, Paul realizes that the only true prize is Jesus Christ and his love.
When an athlete is training for the Olympics, he or she must forget the failures of the past and push on to perform better. If one broods over losing one event, that memory will prevent the possibility of improving to a point of winning the next time. Paul says, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (vv. 13,14, niv).
Forgetting past failures and mistakes is not easy! It requires discipline. After we have learned from failures and mistakes, we can drop them at God’s feet, knowing that he forgives and offers us a second chance. The old day is over. We have renewed energy to move on in the new day toward the goal God has in mind for us.
Lord, help me to have faith in your amazing grace so I may forget the past and move on toward the perfection of Jesus Christ. Amen.