Reaching ForwardLife is a challenge and can be difficult to deal with at times. If we only look at our human experiences in this temporary life, we can easily become discouraged. Job recognized this reality, but also understood that there was hope of something beyond this life (Job 14:14-15). Paul also spoke to this in 1 Corinthians 15 in his discussion of the resurrection of the dead in Christ. This is yet ahead of us. What can we do now to change our thinking and productively deal with the realities of life and reach forward to the things which are ahead of us? Paul gave practical instruction to consider in Philippians 3:13-15. Three things we can glean from these verses are 1) we have not yet apprehended the goal of the resurrection and must continue to press toward the goal, 2) we must learn to forget and leave those things that are behind us, and 3) the ability to forget what is behind and reach forward is a hallmark of spiritual maturity. We each have a different story and history, but share an identical goal, which gives us commonality of purpose. We should follow Paul’s admonition and example and reach forward to those things which are ahead of us.