November 12, 2017
Looking Up and Leaning Forward
I'm not a runner. I do it because I have to, but I can't say I enjoy it. I am not fast, have never been fast, and have always been jealous of people who are fast. I am definitely NOT a runner.
But I do know some things about running. I know that if you are competing in a race, you want to keep your eyes up, fixed ahead on the finish line. I also know that you don't let up before the finish line, but you run through it and lean forward toward it.
Paul is going to use some runner lingo with the Philippians in this week's passage. Like a good coach, he's going to instruct us on how to go about running this race of life until we hit the glory of the finish line when we will be with Christ.
We all need a "look up and lean forward" message. Some of us are wasting too much energy looking down in shame or behind us in guilt. Let's let the Lord fix our eyes forward to what He has called us to this day and in the days to come.