I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus - Philippians 3:14 NIV
My youngest son Connor was helping me put away the dishes the other night and he told me that he could not put away the bowl that needed to be placed on one of the top shelves. I looked at him and told him to try again. He insisted that he could not do it. I instructed him to close his eyes and try to reach the top shelf with the bowl again. This time he was able to place the bowl on the shelf. He looked back at me in amazement and asked, how was I able to do this? Instead of answering the question, I looked at him and asked him what did he do? He responded that he closed his eyes and reached as high as he could. In other words, he didn't let his eyes focus on the obstacle, he just closed his eyes and basically "reached" with his mind. He stated that it hurt a little when he extended himself in order to place the bowl on the shelf, but it was worth it. Connor was able to put his mind to work and press on toward his goal.
There have been times in my life that I have needed to put my mind to work and press on toward the goal like Connor did in putting away the bowl. The apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi, instructed the believers to forget the things that were behind and stretch themselves toward the goal. The goal, of course, was eternal life that is bestowed upon all believers. Can you imagine the impact that you would have on your family and others if your everyday attitude reflected that of a person that is able to forget about all the negative things that happened and press on toward goals that honor God? Like Connor, you would be able to place the bowl on the top shelf of your life even though initially you thought it couldn't be done.
ACTION PLAN: STRETCH YOURSELF EVERYDAY EVEN IF HURTS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.
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.