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by Katherine Hussmann Klemp
04/21/06
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Four friends are talking during the coffee hour at church.
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Philippians 3:12, 14 ďPress on Toward the GoalĒ

Vaughn: I have a list of things a mile long that I have to do on Monday. Iím not looking forward to the rest of the week either. I have so much to do that just thinking about it makes my head hurt.

Leon: Well, then donít think about it.

Estelle: I donít see how that would help, Leon.

Julie: Right, Estelle. If you donít have goals and plans how would anything get done?

Leon: He said just thinking about it gave him a headache.

Vaughn: Well youíd be worried too if you had as much to do next week as I do.

Estelle: I think I might know where Leon is going here. I think heís suggesting that since Vaughn canít work on anything until tomorrow maybe he should just enjoy today.

Leon: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Julie: Iím not worried about what I have to do tomorrow, but I think I have let yesterday steal a part of my day today. Iíve been stewing about something someone said to me yesterday, but if I would just let it go, I could have a nice day today.

Vaughn: Doesnít St Paul tell us to press on to the goal? Isnít that kind of like thinking about the future? Wondering if we are doing enough in our Christian life?

Julie: And doesnít being worried about the past help, too? If we werenít very good about making our goals yesterday, what makes us think weíll be able to be faithful now?

Leon: St Paul says he presses on toward the goal, but he keeps His eyes on Jesus and takes things one day at a time. He trusts that God has a purpose for His life and lets God lead Him in that purpose day by day.

Estelle: I heard a saying once. You canít change the past. And you canít know what is in the future, but God gives you this day as a gift. And thatís why itís called the ďpresentĒ.







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