Pressing Toward the Goal

Pressing Toward the Goal

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 3:14 [NKJV]

The MESSAGE says:

[…] “I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Henry Ford once said: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Are you seeing a pattern here? Do you see how it ties into my header image? So, where am I going with this?

God gave me that word at the beginning of the year. I didn’t ask for it…I didn’t even go looking for one. I was sitting at my desk, staring out the window, watching it snow. I should have been writing, but the words simply weren’t coming. And that word just popped into my head. Maybe God meant it as both admonishment and encouragement, I don’t know. But there it was.

But something told me perseverance wasn’t enough. Then I picked up a phrase from someone on an e-mail loop I follow:

Be-Intentional-1Persevering means you have to be intentional about it…to take deliberate, purposeful steps forward to accomplish that goal.

This week I celebrated my birthday. The next day was my oldest son’s birthday. It wasn’t the additional year to my age that shook me. It was realizing how old Doug was. Oh, my!

I don’t know how many more years God has allotted to me, but obviously He isn’t done with me. He’s given me a gift–a talent–to write His stories. I may never be an award-winning, best-selling author, but that’s okay.As long as I’m doing His work, I’m good.

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. I so like your post and your word ‘intentional’ and also the Message “I’m off and running and I’m not turning back.” Peterson always nails it! Thanks.

  2. Thanks so much, Jude. I also like the MESSAGE. This year, in my devotional time (The Upper Room) I’m alternating my scripture reading between the Message and the NKJV, both in LARGE print 🙂 starting with the NKJV. Then I have to look the same verses in the Message. I love doing that.

  3. Yes, Peg, no matter what happens, we just keep doing His will. The word that kept coming to me was one you included – intentional. I want to make sure that I am intentional in passing on a godly legacy through every venue.

  4. Absolutely, Paula! What was it Mother Theresa said…something like: The words are God’s. I’m just the pencil in His hand.” I love that!

  5. Peg thank you for this. I am reminded to be purposeful, and to be deliberate in my actions towards my goals. Praise the Lord for strength…

  6. Amen to that!

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