25.10. That was the GPS recorded time on my two mile run this morning. 12:35 average pace per mile. Not very impressive at all. Every time I would look down at my watch, I would remember when a simple two mile run would take me less than nineteen minutes. What’s worse? I would remember….that the less than nineteen minutes was just only about five years ago. And just a few years ago, I could tackle the two miles in about twenty minutes. It’s funny how things can change so quickly!
We tend to hang onto the past. Many times, whether good or bad, we have trouble letting it go. The apostle Paul knew something of what we typically experience. Writing to the saints at Philippi, he admitted that he had not fully laid hold of Christ in all totality and in complete transformation, but still he had just one aim. Paul’s objective must be our objective as well: “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Phil. 3:13). Those things we are to forget are not only the bad things that happened in our past which easily hold us hostage; we are to forget also the good things that by their nature cause us to relish in former achievements.
It’s not easy to forget my sub-nineteen minute two mile runs, but I simply must. I can stay in that place of wanting, try to re-create the former time while panting for air, or move on to enjoy this new season at a slower and more steady pace. I choose the latter.
We are to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, according to Paul, lest we remain stuck in a state of nostalgia (vs. 14). The writer of Hebrews encourages us to run the race that is set before us, albeit at a slightly awkward pace, with our eyes steadfastly fixed on Jesus (12:1). When we do, we are sure to finish in record time and in accordance with His predetermined plan for our lives.