New Beginings

April 4, 2016

“Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 3:13-14

There is something magical about the beginning of a new season of Major League baseball.  Stadiums are packed with enthusiastic fans.  Memories of days gone by are relived as former greats throw out the first pitch.  Gone are the disappointments of the previous season, replaced by the endless possibilities of what the new season may bring.  New beginnings and a fresh start!  As the starting lineups are announced and the umpire shouts “Play Ball”, every stadium is filled with optimism and hope. Winter is over, spring is here!  We don’t know exactly where we’re going, but we are excited to begin the journey.  Playoffs and championships are the focus of every player and fan.

Every day in the life of a Christ-follower should be a little like Opening Day.  We never quite arrive, yet we get up each day with a single purpose—“the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  With our focus on Jesus, we forget yesterday’s failures and strive for the things that the new day brings.  We dwell in the hope, privileges and responsibilities that come with the Christian life and the endless opportunities we have to worship and serve Him.  Like an athlete, it takes tremendous effort, but the prize is worth striving for.  Each day with Christ brings endless possibilities.  We may not know exactly where we’re going, but we should
be excited about the journey.  Stay focused, keep your eyes on the prize—Jesus the Christ!

Father, I am excited about today, because You are my focus.  Teach me to put my yesterdays behind me and to keep my eyes on the only prize worth
pursuing—the upward call in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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