. . . and straining toward what is ahead . . . toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV)
Here Paul paints the image of a runner with body bent over, hands stretched out, and head fixed forward. This is the position that we should orient our lives toward so we can experience a future fuller encounter with Christ. To do this, we must identify the past things that distract us from always looking ahead. The runner then selects his lane and prepares for the race of his life, riveting his eyes to the finish line as his goal. Our motivation is the heavenward call to God, so we must fix our eyes on Him.
In Living in the In-Between Times, Pastor Ralph Douglas West brings the story of the Old Testament prophet Samuel to life, showing you how God speaks in your “in betweens” and what it looks like to live faithfully in these seasons of waiting and wondering.
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