Definition: to earnestly pursue, to endeavor to acquire, to run swiftly in order to catch…

This word is used in Philippians 3:12–14 when Pail says that he presses on toward the goal of Christ-likeness. In a similar text, 1 Corinthians 9:24–27, Paul incites believers to keep a laser-like focus on the goal of Christ-likeness and to live as all-out committed disciples for Jesus!

I think this text is fitting, especially with the 16-day Olympic trials. Those athletes have disciplined their bodies, exercised self-control in all things both physically and mentally, and have competed to win the prize. But their prize is perishable. A gold medal. A treasure that eventually “moth and rust will destroy.”

We, however, receive and eternal prize — fullness of life on the New Earth with God forever. Where one day “He will wipe away every tear from (believers’) eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…”

This goal to “διώκω” to “press onward” will be my anthem during this upcoming year in Thailand. I leave Sept. 11th and start a 3-month long language program in Bangkok on Sept. 19th. The next 7 months I will live in Kabin Buri with the Webers (my teammates) where I will be planting relationships with the locals by offering free English classes and caring for the 3 little girls as the safe house.

God has been doing some long-term preparation in me, in order to send me out. I know this year will be exciting and difficult. I anticipate a lot of spiritual wrestling and questions for God. Please pray that God will give me grace.

Thank you to all of those who continue to partner with me. Let’s press onward.

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