Pressing On

This month I’ve been reading Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, an advent devotional by Nancy Guthrie (and it’s published by Tyndale). Today’s devo was very fitting since it was all about pressing on (also my blog title). I thought I’d share some key points with you here:

“As the year comes to a close and we prepare to begin a new year, we know that our family will get busy doing lots of things–many good things. The new beginning that comes with a new year allows us to step back and consider if all the things that we are busy with help us move forward toward what is most important. We want to ask, are the things we’re doing helping us or hindering us from making progress in the one thing that is most important–the one thing that will matter for eternity?

Paul was determined to make sure everything he was doing helped him in accomplishing the one thing that was most important. “I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me,” he said. “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:12-14) As Paul looked toward the future, he was determined to “press on.” He wanted to continue to make progress in the life of faith–to love and trust God more tomorrow than he did yesterday. He wanted to live his life now in light of eternity. He didn’t want to become distracted by anything that would steal his attention from what will matter for eternity.

What would it look like to “press on” toward knowing and enjoying Christ as you and your family enter another year?…Today is a good day to look back, look forward, and look inward. We want to see ourselves and our lives as Christ sees us and be willing to face hard truths about ourselves. But more important than looking inward is looking upward to Christ. Looking to Christ gives us a goal to pursue, a person to enjoy, a passion to feed. Looking to Christ orients the direction of the coming year–and of our entire lives.

2010 was full of exciting opportunities and I grew and learned a lot throughout this year. You can even read about some of those experiences in previous blog posts.

As I look toward 2011, there are many things to look forward to like getting married, our spring youth retreat, the Soldier Field 10-Mile race, experiencing life as a newly wed, working with some great authors to promote their books, and so much more that I don’t know will happen yet. I also wanted to do a sprint distance triathlon next year, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to since my wedding will be in July. But you never know!

All the life changes are a little scary, but exciting at the same time. But even with all the planning that will be going on for me especially in the first half of this year and all the new adjustments, I want to make sure I don’t get lost in the details and forget to press on toward what is most important–becoming more like Christ.

What are your goals for 2011?


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