Did you ever try to fly when you were young? Maybe you were pretending to be a superhero like Superman or Wonder Woman. I liked to imagine I could fly like Superman, and so I’d climb up trees and jump. I believed I could fly! But then what would always happen? Gravity would pull me right back down to the ground.
In life, most people want to fly; they want to make progress, have forward motion, have joy, and make a difference. But many never experience that. Where there is progress, there is gravitational pull in the process. What I mean by that is that when you try to fly, to make progress in your life, there is going to be something that tries to pull you down the same way gravity pulled you down when you tried to fly as a kid.
There are many things that pull against us. And the gravitational pull on you might look different than it does for me. Sometimes, it’s the opinions of those around us that keeps us from making progress in our lives. For others of us, it’s memories of our past that we just can’t seem to move on from. Maybe you’re experiencing physical, mental, or spiritual pain in your life right now that has stagnated you.
Philippians 3:12-14 says, “…I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but 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.” No matter what the circumstances are for you right now, press on, look forward to the future prize that we have in Jesus, and keep your focus on what is ahead of you. Safeguard the faith you have in Jesus by keeping Him as the foundation of your life and always at the forefront of everything that you do. When you do that, you will defy the gravitational pull, and you will fly.