I was reading the blog of an acquaintance yesterday and he talked about finishing, rather than starting something new in the new year. He pointed out that we are bombarded in our society with the next best thing, that new fad, toy or lifestyle that will bring you happiness, organization or success. How true it is that we are constantly looking for the next best, while sometimes forgetting what we've started. I have a tendency to do this with my sewing projects. I start something, but then I receive inspiration to do something else...luckily I've used up most all of my fabric, so I really do need a new project...once I get my mermaid quilt finished. Training for my marathon in a couple of weeks is something I have to finish. If I decided to stop training a month or two in, I would literally die or hurt myself on race day. I think that training for endurance events has taught me a lot about discipline and follow through. I want to continue to translate those attitudes into all areas of life, especially my spiritual life. If I want to know God's will and grow in relationship with him, I must discipline myself to train with him...through prayer, reading and spending time in relationship with other Christians. I think ultimately every new year, it is the same goal, to follow and seek after God that much more. The goal takes your life to complete, not a new year.
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 taken hold of it. But one thing Io 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.
Paul goes on to say in vs. 16 "let us live up to what we have already attained." Christ has given us an example to live by and our reward is citizenship in heaven with him. I eagerly experience and await the continued transformation of my life to be more like his.