Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Philippians 3:12-15
What were you thinking!
Chances are, you’ve heard this or said this at some point in your life. It becomes exceedingly easy to detect immature thought after it has given birth to behavior. Thinking is not easily seen and rarely corrected because it is not visible unless a man acts on it. Receiving feedback for action is simple because you can observe it, but thoughts are rarely spoken to. The words of Paul to the Philippians are valuable because they teach a man about mature thinking.
A mature thought is knowing you can’t arrive or become perfect. Ownership of the prize that God calls us starts now, but it is not entirely realized until we see Jesus again. Thinking wisely is moving forward toward the goal with the right perspective of our earthly position. Excercise humility daily, regardless of past success. Develop a hunger for the someday prize that will be awarded. Live between the tension of what we already have in Christ and what we will have when we see Him again.
DO THIS TODAY: Stop thinking about yesterday and start living forward.