Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 13b, 14

Here is a life certainty, the path through it is littered with twists and turns, ups and downs, sidesteps and missteps; the plan that we have created may call for clear skies and a gentle following breeze; yet, the day that the trip begins is the one when the typhoon strikes. I find that it is really easy to start looking down to watch for the rocks in my path, and to look back with my focus on the wreckage that has accumulated in my wake. When my eyes are turned back and down, my focus becomes diverted from the Lord’s objective; also, when my attention and my focus are so directed, my heart tends to go along, too.

It is abundantly clear to me that Christ has a plan, He has a purpose, and He has a direction for me to take; this is true in the long view of life, and it is true in a moment-by-moment perspective. I also know that I waste a lot of time in every one of my days. I can be busy, occupied, engaged, and breathless through all of its hours; still, if all of that energy is expended in looking away from God’s upward calling, it is not well spent.

The Lord’s plan and purpose for life includes the things that we are doing, and it involves the people that we are in contact with. He has placed His children into the life roles that we are in; the Lord may move us or lead us or call us to something else, but there is no situation where we cannot serve Him. And that is the point that He seems to be talking with me about. In everything and in every circumstance, stay focused ahead and keep looking up. We need to keep our eyes and our hearts focused on Christ’s way, and when we do this, He is served, our days will be made joyously full, and people are touched by the presence of Christ.