Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.
I have to admit I’ve read this verse and heard this verse many times. I like finding new verses that hit me, but today it was this one. A commonly used verse that spoke something new to me today. I like it when the Spirit says let’s look at this one again. I like it when He says, wait there’s more.
I’ve been thinking about contentment and change and moving forward a good bit lately. I’ve started to write about contentment several times, but was never content with what I’d written. I’ve wondered what being content really looks like. I’ve wondered how a person can really ever be content when there is so much more to know. How can you be content when you know there are so many new places you could go and want to go in your life with Him? How do you reach that place of being content, but not complacent? How do you stay content when you want more?
Could the first step toward that be found in this verse? Could it be that a major key is KNOWING you aren’t there yet? Could it be that contentment lies in the knowing where you are headed and not in the arrival? Could the key to contentment be in the looking forward and not backwards?
It seems to me there is alot about contentment wrapped up in this verse. At least for today.