I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

The Goal

Canadian teenager Christopher Morales Williams broke a stunning 400-meter world indoor record at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday, February 24. Morales Williams’ winning time of 44.49 is 0.08 seconds faster than American Kerron Clement’s record from 2005 set on the same track. Williams told reporters after Saturday’s race, “The world record – I guess that’s something you wouldn’t really expect to happen, but it did. I put it up there as a goal but wasn’t really expecting to break it right now.”

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I’ve never run a marathon and it’s unlikely I ever will. But I have friends that do, and they speak about a point in the run where you “hit a wall.” You have to have the force of will at that point to press through and carry on in order to successfully complete the race. The secret to doing so? Simply keeping your eyes on the goal. The apostle Paul uses the analogy of a race in speaking about the Christian life. In Philippians 3:14 he writes, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Walking with Jesus is a life-long experience. The moment we come into a relationship with Jesus, we start on a journey that will take us into eternity. It demands His empowering and a daily decision to keep pressing on, not getting sidetracked by temptation and our own will. There is a great prize at the end – hearing Jesus say to us, “well done.” As you run the Christian race today, keep your eyes steadfastly on the goal up ahead.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley