“Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far” ( Philippians 3:13-16 GWT).
Maturity recognizes the role God has played in one’s life. It acknowledges that God’s gift of life does not come without struggle, setbacks, and stress. Notwithstanding, maturity learns from each experience, taking each lesson and using it to propel his or her life further along its chosen path. A mature person fails forward using failure as a guide for what not to do.
Paul realized his past could not be used as a bench upon which to sit. Despite past success and failure, his life was not complete. Paul determined to exceed expectations and set his life on a course to achieve more. Maturity reaches for the furthest galaxy, decides to climb the highest mountain, and traverse the widest ocean. Maturity seeks its best self, never settling for mediocrity. Paul set goals impossible to achieve without the help of Christ and others.
Paul refused to be limited by his past, broke numerous barriers, and had the testimony of a well spent life. I urge you to challenge yourself to greatness. You have God’s life within you; you can achieve more than you think!