Philippians 3:12-14 Living Bible (TLB)
12 I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
13 No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.

I thought about an experience on my motorcycle when I read today’s scripture.

There’s one VERY important rule when driving a motorcycle…look where you want to go. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Not so much so. I learned the importance of it the hard way…I took my eyes off the way I should have been traveling for just a split second…the outcome…a downed bike and several broken ribs. The accident was totally my fault.

No, there was no collision. My husband and I had been out for and afternoon ride. As I was turning into my driveway, instead of looking up the drive towards the garage, where I wanted to go, I briefly looked at what I thought was an obstacle, the mailbox by the side of the drive. That one split second decision caused me to veer off course. I unconsciously locked the front break in a panic, something one never does when turning a motorcycle. The bike quickly stopped…I didn’t. I took my focus off the goal and suffered consequences for it. I have found it difficult to get back on the bike since then. I allowed that accident to overwhelm me with fear of driving my motorcycle again. It has stopped me from going on bike rides with my husband.

Paul, as he talks about forgetting, not allowing a failure or past mistake to hinder him, and looking forward to what lies ahead reminded of the importance of learning from my mistakes and not letting them stop me from pressing on.

We all make mistakes. We may take our eyes off our heavenly goal for just a split second and find ourselves suffering the consequences. We may find it difficult to continue. There is none perfect except Christ Jesus. Life with Him helps us press on when we look where we want to go.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so easily distracted by what we think are obstacles in our lives. We take our eyes off of you and veer off course. Help us to apply Paul’s teachings to our lives so that we too can say: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.” In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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