Saturday, January 23, 2016

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Looking to the Future instead of backwards – Let’s Press On in Faith!  What else are we gunna do?
The Bible reminds us to “strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up” (Hebrews 12:1). 
C.S. Lewis said, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” 
The apostle Paul wrote, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). 
The present with His presence is indeed His present to me. Grace! Yes, I want to live in the now, in this moment.. rather than in the past or in the future, but I can plan for the future after I pray for the future. That's how I would do well. Paul was sorta painting a picture of an athlete running his particular race. Sure, and we can imagine one.. a runner in the last lap of that race pushin’ for the finishline. They are totally exerting them-self in the final kick. Breathing hard, trying to keep the sweat out of the eyes so they can stay in their lane. Every muscle is straining. The runner can see the ribbon ahead. And pain is there too.. wracking their muscles–their entire body! And they only have a little bit further to run. No more pacing them-self at this point just all out goin’ for it. The runner knows it’s better to have a few moments of pain than a whole lifetime of regret. So they press on. That is what we need to do, run our race smart.. to win.
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