"One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (NASB)
Press on towards the goal.. hmmm I guess that means that when things are tough we need to buckle down and keep our eyes on the goal, finish line, we need to not be distracted by the cheering crowds of the world, by our own past mistakes and failures or be consumed by fear of what is going to happen in the future. Just like an athlete can't look back at what happened in the last race, game or event.. they have to focus on the present; and we need to focus on what God has placed in front of us today, right now.
Check out this quote from Elizabeth George's book Loving God with All Your Mind.
" So set the goals that demand that you grow. And beware of getting too comfortable. Too much comfort invites us to watch the race rather then energetically participate in it."
This is how we grow spiritually we have to focus and set goals that require us to change and grow closer to God.
Have a blessed weekend and keep on, keeping on!