A young man came to speak with a pastor because, according to his point of view, there was something in creation that made no sense. The pastor attended him, eager to know what the failure in the Creation was.
“Pastor, nature is incredibly beautiful, everything has its reason for being. But in my point of view, there is one thing that is good for nothing.”
“What is this thing that is useless?” asked the pastor.
“It's the horizon. What is the horizon for? If I take a step towards the horizon, it takes a step away from me. If I walk ten steps, it moves away another ten steps. If I walk miles towards the horizon, it moves the same miles away from me… It doesn't make sense. The horizon is useless.”
The pastor looked at that young man and smiling said: “That is exactly what the horizon is it for, to make you move on”.
Philippians 3: 13-14 (New Century Version) “Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above”.
To move on we need to know WE HAVE NOT YET REACHED THE GOAL
This statement is from a man who never was satisfied with his achievements. Paul was satisfied with Christ, but he was not satisfied with himself. He felt the need to conquer, to progress, to advance and to grow more. Paul could be happy with his achievement: He took the message of Jesus to authorities, started several churches in different places, wrote most of the books of the New Testament, He was a counselor and mentor to several young pastors. Being in prison he could say: “Well, what I could have done I did, now I'm going to rest”. But he did not act that way. On the contrary, he was not willing to conform.
Here is a great lesson for us: We cannot calm down because that would cause us to stop, and that means to go back. We should always want more, looking for ways to progress and achieve new success. We must set high goals, impossible dreams, and then go on to fight for them.
In the beginning of the 20th century, Charles Lindbergh (American aviator), kept the world in suspense with the first airplane flight over the Atlantic Ocean.
As he flew over the United States, he would look down and see places to land his plane if he had a problem. But the moment came that the only thing he could see below his airplane was the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was at that moment that he realized there was no way to go back.
When we understand that there is no way to go back, we will find how much we can achieve.
To move on in this new year we need to FORGET THE PAST
Our past can be an obstacle or a steppingstone that boosts us in the direction of God's purposes for each of us. Forgetting, or not looking at where we have already traveled, does not mean “having a failure in our memory,” or suffering amnesia. No one can forget what has happened in the past. In the Bible, “forgetting” means “not being influenced or affected by the past.” We cannot change the past, but we can change its meaning and influence. If we live in and with the memories of the past successes, and stop raising our vision for new things, we are again being victims of the past. When our memories are greater than our dreams, we are candidate for the grave.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (New Century Version) The Lord says, “Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.”
To move on in this new year we need to STRAIN TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD
Do not hold on the past in such a way that it can stop or prevent God from doing new and exciting things in your life. God has “new things” and opportunities for us. God has everything we need to get up, but we need to move on. God's dream will give us hope and will revive the energy within us.
When we stop dreaming something dies within us. But when we start dreaming again, life makes sense again.
Let us move on, searching for the dream that God has for us and for our church.