I press on toward the goal to win the prizes for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus - Philippians 3:14
My son and I were watching a Clemson football game (they should have beat Alabama in the national championship game, just sayin') and the third quarter had just ended. My wife was in the kitchen and noticed that the Clemson players were all holding up 4 fingers. She wondered what that was about. I explained to her that meant they were going to win the 4th quarter and finish the game strong. I thought about how that should apply to life as well.
I was talking with a good friend of mine on yesterday and we were catching up with each other since we hadn't spoken to each other for quite some time (shame on me because I always enjoy our conversations). After we had talked for a period of time, he informed me that one of the guys that grew up in our neighborhood has passed away. As a matter of fact, he lived right across the street from me. I looked online and found his obituary while still on the phone with my friend and read it aloud. It really hit home when I read the year that he had graduated. He was a classmate of mine and it reminded me of my own mortality. I hung up the phone and sat on the front steps and started to reflect.
In 2013, the latest World Health Organization data placed the life expectancy for men at 76.4 years. I did some simple calculations and realized that I'm in the last half of the 3rd quarter based upon the data. I started examining whether or not I'm placing myself in position to finish strong. Am I pressing on toward the goal or am I just wandering aimlessly through life? Men, you need to ask yourself that question and provide an honest answer. If you're not pressing on toward the prize for which God has called you, now is a good time to start.
One of the things that my friend shared with me was a project that he had been thinking about doing. I noticed the passion and inflection in his voice when he discussed it. I knew that this was something that he was called to do because his excitement transferred to me. I hope and pray that he will execute on this plan and finish strong. He has an advantage over a lot of guys because he knows his "it" and can devote his energy and efforts to accomplishing it. He has the opportunity to finish strong and positively impact others as well and I will continue to ask him about it.
ACTION PLAN: In the book of Philipians, Paul discusses how he forgets what is behind and presses onward. Adopt Paul's mentality and forget the things in the past that may hindered you and start pressing onward.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.