Only for Serious Ascenders

As though we can’t have enough of it, the New Year fever is very much alive. I can still overhear people talking about resolutions, goals and visions and making declarations as to what this year 2015 is going to be. The momentum actually is still available for people climb the next level. This is the only season in a year when we really try to see where we are and where we intend to go.

We better be serious because this momentum will soon fade away as February’s season of love takes the center stage and you bet, similar to an amnesiac, this New Year resolution will be forgotten and so is the thought of change and resolution. But not for a person who is tired of being stuck in the same level year after year. The Bible has a word for serious ascenders. Paul has a word of advice in Philippians 3:13-14, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” I would like to emphasize 3 points form this verse:

  1. Learn to unlearn (v.13…forgetting what lies behind). We need to have a big deal of unlearning many bad habits, negative beliefs and even breaking a counterproductive pattern. If we were exposed to ungodly influence or traumatic experience then it’s imperative that we make Bible study part of our daily routine. The Bible excels in displacing lies and mental patterns than keep us stuck in lower level. Embracing the truths of the Bible makes unlearning negative mindset easy.
  2. Practice forward-thinking (V.13…straining toward what is ahead). The past is irrecoverable. There is no turning back. No rewind technology possible. The only possible way to live life is to do something with your future. The good thing about future is that you can plan for it, invent it, forecast and work in the now to achieve it. Forward thinking enables you to appreciate today as your workshop to design a bright future.
  3. Push yourself harder (v.14…press on toward the goal). Nothing beats action. There is no possible reversal to this rule. The Bible rebukes laziness while promised reward for effort and hard work. Make it sure that attached to your goal and resolution this year is a “press on principle” that while faith is our guarantee of success, we can’t deviate from the fact that faith without work is dead.

Do not get stuck in the same level this year. May the best of 2015 bring you the best of God’s favor to give you that enduring drive to ascend higher than where you are now. See you at the top!