The idea of pressing on toward the goal came to me when I was reading from the Bible: Philippians 3:13,14. The Apostle Paul is talking about the work he has done towards spreading the Word about Jesus. He speaks of pressing on toward the goal and finishing the race toward heaven. He calls the goal of heaven a prize. Paul didn’t have an easy time while on earth. First he was hit by lightening and rendered blind for a time when God was trying to get his attention. He was beaten and thrown in jail for his belief in Christ. He had some kind of physical ailment that he asked God to take away and God said no. He often went without food and other comforts that most of us take for granted. He pressed on toward the goal.
My daughters have all had a hard time as of late. One has become a single mother and at times feels overwhelmed trying to be the best mother she can be. Another daughter had three children pretty close together and her marriage is some what rocky right now. The third daughter fights addiction and relationship problems. As tough as things are for them right now, they arise every morning and press on toward the goal of doing the best job they can do that day.
Sobriety demands the same kind of pressing on toward the goal of staying clean and sober. It is a daily decision and at times it is not easy. I am sure there were times in Paul’s day where he wanted to give up. I know there are times in my daughter lives where they too are tempted to give up. For recovering addicts and alcoholics the prize is a lifetime of staying sober and living a life we can be proud of.