Philippians 4:12-14 Not 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. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have yet taken hold of it. 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.
It seems like just yesterday we were taking the training wheels off our boys’ bikes…. and today they are participating in our town’s Jesse James Bike Tour, riding the 100 mile getaway route. Their goal was to complete the course by 2:00 in the afternoon. They encountered several large hills on the road and a strong headwind. It was closer to 4:00 when they pulled back into our driveway. But, they completed the ride. Through their extensive training over the entire summer, they overcame today’s obstacles by pressing on to finish the 100 mile route!
As I press on toward the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus, I know that I can not reach the prize on my own. Jesus took hold of me during those days when the training wheels came off, when I struggle up a hill or when I am riding into a headwind. The road I am on may take unexpected turns and the timing may not be what I had planned, but I press forward. I know Jesus is with me…. so I press onward in peace and gladness.
Enjoy your journey heavenward in Christ Jesus!