The Joy of….Reaching your Final Destination

{Written by Rachel Pickel}

A road trip on the study of Philippians 3:  Press On

I can’t really think of a time when I wasn’t pressing on to reach some sort of destination.

Whether it was an actual GPS location or reaching the bottom of the clothes hamper, I was pressing to my destination.  Press on, go-go-go, press on.  That’s what we ladies do!  We got this!

NOT SO FAST.

Last week’s study, led by Kimberly Allen, caused me to press pause for a moment. Asking myself if I am pressing on toward a true goal, rather than merely checking things off the list? Most of the time, nope… just check-check-check! Rather than place myself on cruise control, packed with pointless actions, how can I engage myself with actions that are point-full?

Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:13-14. NIV) 

I’m quite confident that all of us have had side shows on our proverbial journey. Some were either great achievements we worked for, like [insert achievement here] or not-so-great moments we’d rather forget [don’t insert that thing here].

Lofty or not, it’s easy to get caught up in working toward an earthly goal, whether it be magnificent or mundane. We’re human and worldly and that’s what we do.

There’s a twist to this lesson, achieving those great wonders of life is not as important as you might think.

Wait a minute – you mean to tell me that going to college, getting a job (many jobs), finding a husband, making healthy babies, buying a home and a car, living the American dream isn’t the overall goal?!?

No, it’s not.  #Fail. 

You’re on the road trip. 

You have not reached your destination. 

Guess what? None of us have.

Those things I listed are the road-side attractions.  God is so great that He shows us our capabilities and empowers us to experience the many wonders of {this} world, while gently nudging us to work toward a greater and perfect world.

Hint: it’s way awesome-er than your best day ever here on earth!

Our final destination is in Christ Jesus.  Not memories, not bad decisions, not accolades and achievements, not salaries, homes, or possessions – all the stuff modern-day Americans press on for – nothing matters but the true Prize once we’ve reached our Destination.

The next time your travel agent, Paul, tells you to unpack your bags, it is because you won’t need it once you arrive.

Who knew traveling could be so light?

So, unpack and press on, sisters!

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