New Beginnings

April 1, 2013

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 (Holman Christian Standard)

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; and everyone puts aside the disappointments of the previous season and replaces them with the endless possibilities of what the new season may bring.  New beginnings and a fresh start!  As an Atlanta Braves fan, this translates into 51,456 pumped up fans cheering wildly as Chipper Jones throws a soft toss to home plate and the umpire yells, “Play ball!”.  Gone is the disappointment of the previous season which ended quickly with a one-game playoff loss.  In its place is an optimism brought on by a new lineup of players and the hope that they bring.  Winter is over, spring is here.  We don’t know exactly where we are going, but we are excited to begin the journey.  Playoffs and championships are the focus of every player and every team.

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 a runner in a race, it takes tremendous effort, but the prize is worth striving for.  Each new day with Christ brings  endless possibilities.  We may not know exactly where we are 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–Your upward call in Christ Jesus.  AMEN.

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