The Goal

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: 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 3:12-14



On day six of the ill-fated mission of Apollo 13, the astronauts hurtling through space toward home in the tiny capsule needed to make a critical course correction. If they failed, they might never return to Earth.


To conserve power, they shut down the onboard computerized guidance system that steered the craft. Yet the astronauts needed to conduct a thirty-nine-second burn of the main engines.


How would they steer? Astronaut Jim Lovell determined that if they could keep a fixed point in space in view through their tiny window, they could steer the craft manually. That focal point turned out to be their destination -- Earth.


For thirty nine agonizing seconds, Lovell focused on keeping the earth in view. By not losing sight of that reference point, the three astronauts avoided disaster. 


Scripture reminds us that to finish our life mission successfully, we need to keep our eyes on the goal – Jesus Christ. Keeping our eyes focused on Him will prevent us from drifting off course. 


Have a great day, and keep moving forward!