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Room to Grow

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 

 No matter who you are, what you do, or how well you do it, theres always room to grow. Theres always room to improve. Those who become complacent will never grow to reach their full potential. 

 Paul wrote these words to believers at Philippi. He, of all people, had laurels he could have rested on—you can read his resume earlier in this chapter, between verses 4 and 7. Yet he stressed the importance of always looking and moving forward.  

 Muscles at rest atrophy. You can experience this phenomenon easily enough: stop exercising for a month and then get back on a treadmill. 

 This principle applies to all of life, really. Pick up a musical instrument you havent played since high school. Dust off your recollections of the one semester of foreign language you took freshman year. Without practice, growth and progress wither.  

 This is true of our spiritual lives, too.   

 How do we combat complacency and its accompanying atrophy in our lives? Paul shared a secret hed learned and put into practice: I do not consider myself to have taken hold of [the goal]. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on (Philippians 3:13-14). 

 Press on. With your eye on the goal, youre like the captain of a ship with a course and compassYou can depend on Gods grace to provide wind for your sails. 

 My prayer for this week: 

Lord, I am thankful that you are faithful to finish the good work youve started in my life. Stir within my heart this week some holy dissatisfaction with where I ama desire to grow and progress in my spiritual walk. Please help me fix my eyes on the higher purpose youve set before me, and to press on. May you be glorified!