Today Wayne and I competed again in one of the crazier races here in Singapore—a race up the 73 floors of the Swiss Hotel. Apparently last year I said, “Never again!,” but somehow I forgot that in the intervening months. I can’t say I found it any easier than last year, but we finished! When we were training, the goal was Get to the Top! It’s a great view when you get there. They allow you about ten minutes at the top to admire the view and take photos, but then it’s time to head back down. We reached our goal, but that’s not the end. We have to press on through the rest of the day, to accomplish the tasks ahead of us.
I’ve been thinking of this in light of Paul’s words to the Philippian church. Paul says twice in Philippians 3:12-14, “I press on.” Paul had reached some heights – experienced miracles, seen churches planted, had a personal encounter with the Lord. But he wanted the Philippians to know that he didn’t rest on these achievements, nor was he held back by past failures. He pressed on; he kept moving forward.
I think perhaps the essence of pressing on is the ability to live in the moment. Many of us find living in the moment difficult because we are too prone to rehearsing the past or anticipating the future. But living in the present moment opens us to all that the Lord is doing now and helps us to listen for His voice and the promptings of His Spirit. I know I need to learn to live in the moment more, and I know He is calling me to “press on, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.” What about you? Why not ask the Lord to help you to live each day fully in the present?
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:12-14.
Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond