In Philippians 3:14, Paul said “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Paul was using an illustration from an athletic event to explain that he was pushing on toward the finish line or reaching toward the goal that God had given him. In his last letter Paul would say “I have finished the course,” and Paul did reach his goal. Today we might say he scored, or win big, or really hit the mark with his life.
I was reminded of Paul’s illustration one day when I saw a little girl trying to hit a ball with a bat. When the ball was pitched to her, she swung but missed several times before she finally hit the mark. She was really proud when she did hit the ball.
Paul’s illustration and the little girl with the bat should remind us that God has also set a mark or goal for each of us to reach, or hit in our lifetime. We may miss the mark sometimes, but if we will keep trying or pressing on toward the goal, we, like Paul, can someday say “I too have finished my course.”
Are you trying to hit the ball or reach the goal that God has set for you? You can with God’s help, for he would never ask us to do anything beyond our ability.