The old saying remains true that if you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there. All too many people seem to wander through life unaware of any specific goal other than to keep moving. I know, that sounds a bit skeptical until one takes a careful look at their own life and where they intend it end up. In Philippians 3 Paul states his goal as “to know Christ.” Theologically he is already “in Christ” but he wants to move ahead to win the prize, and that is “God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above” (TEV). To sharpen the image just as bit, picture Paul in a race, straining with all his might to get to the finish line first and hear the judge call him up to receive the coveted prize. The race began with “forgetting all that lay behind.” He wasn’t talking about all those things that his Jewish counterparts thought would give a person an advantage in the race (listed in vv. 4-6), but all that he had accomplished up to that point. Others may count on what they had done, but Paul forgets all that and continues to direct his energies toward the goal. Assuming Paul was correct in pressing on toward his goal with such intensity, would it be a good idea for us to ask ourselves once again, Where do I want to end up – and I don’t mean “heaven” or “hell” – but at what stage of Christian growth. Would a certain level of mild carnality be okay, or should there be a higher goal? I once read of a man who, having nothing else to do, sat down at his typewriter, wrote his own obituary, and then to spent the rest of his life trying to measure up to it. Not a bad idea. We shouldn’t leave this verse feeling that WE have to accomplish something of great significance to win the race, be cause HE is the one who takes us on to victory. Our job is to let him run. Turing over the controls is a hard thing to do for the amateur driver who still dreams of earning first place at Indianapolis. Equally hard for us to step aside and let Him take us to spiritual maturity. Part of effective running is to accept the face that we can’t win without help. I’m not suggesting that we sit out the race but that we turn to Him for strength and direction.