Day 21

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In Philippians 3:12-14, the Apostle Paul says, “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. 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.” In other words, Paul says, “I’m not done yet. I’m half-baked cornbread—I’m getting there but incomplete.” Paul says he presses on because he knows he’s not perfected. But one thing he does—he forgets about his past. Not that he doesn’t remember those events. They’re impossible to forget. He just reckons himself righteous because Jesus said he is, and he chooses not to allow those past mistakes to dictate his present and future. Like Paul, our daily goal should be to thrive by pressing on toward the goal that God has for our lives, which is to glow closer to Jesus and tell others about him.

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