Archive for August, 2010

Pressing On Toward The Goal

In today’s blog post I am commenting on the name of my blog, Living Free & Pressing On. Today I will focus on Pressing On.

It’s been my observation through the years that successful people, businesses or organizations have one thing in common – the will to press on.  What does this phrase mean and is it found in Scripture? Philippians 3:13 & 14 in the KJV contains a similar phrase. Here is the quote:

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Let’s dig a little deeper into this word “press.”  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives us this broader meaning from the Greek word translated “press.” It is a prolonged form of a primary verb meaning to pursue, to follow after, press toward. As a prolonged form we can conclude this “pressing on” is not an event but rather a continual process carrying with it the thought to keep pressing on. No doubt you’ve heard people say, “Keep on keeping on.” While that may or may not be grammatically correct the thought is right on the money. There is no quitting; there is no going backward. It is not even a consideration when it comes to pressing on.

A little phrase that I tell others and myself is this, “you cannot drive forward if you are constantly looking in the rear view mirror.” When you get in your vehicle and start down the road you must keep your focus on the road ahead. While an occasional glance in the rear view mirror may be necessary and important any attempt to reach your destination will demand you focus on looking through the windshield, keeping your eyes alert to what lies ahead, moving forward.

Take a moment and consider where you are in your life. Are you pressing on? Maybe you are on a plateau and don’t seem to heading anywhere, stuck in neutral. Or maybe without even realizing it you’ve been focusing a little too much on the rear view mirror, how things used to be and perhaps have started heading backwards. Maybe things have gotten a little out of focus at this point in your life.

Sometimes we need to be shaken to arouse our attention. Have you ever been daydreaming or gotten drowsy while driving? You might start to run off the road and immediately you are snapped back to attention! Or all of a sudden you realize you’ve driven miles past your exit due to lack of focus, your objective was blurred.

To press on there needs to be a clear objective. For the individual believer it is the “mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The application of this scriptural principal can be applied in other areas of life and living just as well. Without clear objectives for a business, a church, our personal health and well being, we may be spinning our wheels, running around in circles. It’s been said without a clear target you’ll hit it every time. Think about that.

“The Message” version of the New Testament says it like this: “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else on your mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track , let’s stay on it.”

“Old School” Thinking Doesn’t Cut It In Today’s Marketplace

“Old School” Thinking Doesn’t Cut It In Today’s Marketplace

The tried and true methodologies of yesteryear and yes, even yesterday in some cases simply aren’t making the cut any longer. We must face the fact the business world is changing and evolving at a continually accelerating pace. What may have gotten your business, church, or organization to the place it is now is insufficient to keep it there. Thus there is an elephant in the room that must be dealt with less your business or entity becomes another statistic.

This old school thinking doesn’t apply to the ‘for profit’ business alone. It applies to churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations all the way down to us as the individuals who make up these entities.

While I concur with the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes where in Chapter 1:9b it states, “…and there is no new thing under the sun” there are, never the less, methodologies utilized in every area of life that have changed and continue to change with each passing day.

Consider the U.S. postal service and the challenges it is facing. I can say with certainty the amount our household spends on postage is almost nil. The methodology of communicating has migrated to email and is migrating from email to social networking, instant messaging and texting. Sending a check in the mail to pay a bill is rapidly moving to online bill pay procedures. People still communicate and still pay their bills so there is nothing new under the sun about that, but HOW they do these things…that methodology has and is changing.

So what about you? Is your business or entity stuck in “old school” thinking and ways of conducting business? Is it working as well as it used to? If not, are you open-minded enough to consider other options? To be close-minded and not seek out and implement emerging methodologies or get expert help in doing so is to take one step closer to becoming another statistic.