pressing on

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on…”

Phil 3:13

You can’t control what other people remember.
You can only control how you “press on”.

Words of encouragement but they made me think. During hard times I tend to run away, avoid. In some instances running away seems like an admission of guilt. If there is guilt there (it has been forgiven by God, others involved and yourself) running away feels like an admission of unforgiven guilt. But what if the only way you can “press on” is to move on? It’s a catch22. Darned if you do—because you must be a horrible person if you surrender your position—and darned if you don’t—because sometimes it is hard to “press on” in your current environment when the people around you won’t let you forget the mistakes you made even if you’ve been forgiven for them.

You can’t control what other people remember.
You can only control how you “press on”.

I think the verse in Philippians is advocating not cowardice but strength and courage. But, how do you “press on” when it feels like there are so many forces around you holding you down making you stationary? How do you do it without running away and just avoiding the problem? How do you do it without being a coward? How do you do it when the lie (that it would be better for all involved if you disappeared) is easier to believe than the truth (that you are valued)?

These are questions to which I do not have the answer and maybe I never will. All I know is…

You can only control how you “press on”.

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One thought on “pressing on

  1. This is wonderful Carrie. I love the text note in the NIV study Bible for that verse…it says that Paul didn’t forget as in not remember but that he left it behind him as done and over with. So cool. So hard to do. I have to choose that every day about things and after a while it settles inside that it really is done. I remember but it doesn’t hold me back any more. Keep pressing girl.

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