Getting Better All the Time

 

 Country legend Vince Gill just released a new recording and was interviewed in the Tennessean. In one part of the interview he said, “My induction into the Hall of Fame had a great impact on me. My response was, ‘Okay, now go earn it.’ I want there to be a recorded legacy of what I’ve done that will have an awful lot of respect tied to it. I’m on fire, and I don’t give a rip about resting on my laurels. This isn’t like baseball or boxing: Your knees don’t give out. You should get better.”[1]

What a tremendous attitude. Here’s a man who, in his chosen field, has accomplished just about everything a human can accomplish. He’s probably earned a lot of money and he, as we often see in his concerts, has earned respect and love of his fans. But, he’s choosing not to rest on the past. He’s choosing to “get better.”

The apostle Paul had the same nature. He courageously pressed forward choosing not to rest on his achievement and past, but seeking new adventures and God’s direction. His watchword was “forward.”

The first step in getting better and moving forward is forgetting. We shouldn’t waste our time looking behind us. We shouldn’t dwell in the past (success or failure). We can’t dwell on either end of our own historical spectrum. We can waste time dwelling on mistakes and become fixated on them (to the point of inaction), nor should we continually and pridefully look back on our past successes (and be inactive). Only in the context of what God has accomplished in our lives should we look back in awe and reverence for what He’s done.

Then, we need to press forward. In Philippians 3:14 Paul uses an interesting word. The “pressing” that Paul uses implies that it’s not an easy task. Pressing requires force. It requires intentional effort to break through and go after the goal God has laid before you. It’s also a continual process. It’s not a one-time-I’ve-got-it-licked attitude. It’s continual. Paul never quit seeking the goal. He never let his past destroy or hinder the fullest possible development of his future heavenly prize.

We all have a choice. We can rest on our laurels or we can continue to get better…I am choosing to get better, what about you?



[1] Peter Cooper, “Peter Cooper on Music: A Throwback to Bakersfield,” The Tennessean, July 30, 2013

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