12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes it's so much easier to look back instead of looking at what's ahead. When I look back, I don't like a lot of what I see. It seems that looking back always come from our fleshly vision. When we look forward, our vision comes from the Holy Spirit. He gives us eyes to see something better. He gives us eyes to see restoration. He gives us eyes to see Him. There are so many things that I need work on. When I look back, I just get overwhelmed. So today, I choose to look forward and press on towards the prize.
Father, thank you for being my FATHER. Thank you for never giving up on me and always believing in me when I have such a hard time believing in myself. I pray that you will stir up the joy that is within me. The joy is already there, it just needs stirring! I love you Lord, Jesus.