Eyes on the Prize

25 07 2012

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14

A look of determination and focus is telling. I have seen it in the eyes of a runner before a race. I have also seen it in a picture on the faces of African-American women fighting for a Head Start program for their children in rural Mississippi in the 1960’s. They seem to know it was going to take a combination of determination, focus and hard work to accomplish the task. They seem to know that they were up against difficult odds in a community where their lives and the lives of their children were not valued but still they worked. And despite the odds, the lack of funds and the lack of history of success with fighting against the system, the look was on each of their faces. Their look and their determination is an inspiration to me. Sometimes we sit in a place of complacency when we have untold power through the Holy Spirit. The scripture says that we are more than conquerors but often we sit in a mental place of defeat. We often see injustices and choose to say nothing about it. But we are the light of the world.

Today, I am asking God for the direction, the strength and the boldness to do what He is calling us to do on behalf of His people. We will continue to press toward the mark and we are not turning back.

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:14


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