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Forgetting the past, looking to the future.

by | Dec 30, 2022 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3: 13-14

This evening I received an alert for a new article on the Focus on the Family website, written by a pastor I’ve followed for more than a decade from Colorado Springs. In “Resolving to Endure Faithfully“, Phil Steiger writes,

“”When we take stock of our lives and ministry and then read the advice of others, we can feel the pressure to mimic and copy instead of drilling down on our faithfulness and seeking wisdom.
A phrase I have taken as my own is “faithful endurance.” It gives me broad but useful direction to my regular patterns in ministry life. This concept of faithful endurance is one of the tenets at the root of the pastoral calling.’

Phil Steiger

Phil’s message is similar to that of the Apostle Paul in the verses above. Paul did not dwell on the successes or failures of the last year or decade and he certainly wasn’t someone who was trying to follow the latest trends in ministry, he would simply faithfully continue his personal journey toward Christ.

Most of us do not fill the role of pastor, but we all share a duty to faithfully endure in our lives as we move toward our ultimate goal in Christ. So as we begin yet another new year, let’s take this message to heart.

If you’d like to read the entire article by Pastor Steiger, you’ll find it here.


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