"...but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead..." (Philippians 3:13b)
I'm finding tremendous freedom in letting go of who I thought I was, and who I thought I was supposed to be. I don't need to be a pastor or published author. These things have lost their romance for me. I need and want to be what God calls me to be, whatever that is. I don't know what it is, but in a much deeper sense I do: I am supposed be open to God every day, and as a daily discovery find out what I am to do and be that day. Right now I'm enjoying my job that I once hated. That may change. Lots may change. I may- will- change. But that is good. When Paul speaks in Phillipians 3 of letting go of what is behind that includes who we thought we were and what we thought we were supposed to do. And it applies not just to our turning away from sin and to Christ the first time- our conversion- but to every day of our lives as Christians. God is all I need, not some vocational status. That is lame. Instead, "What do you want me to do today God?" That is real living! That is free living!
"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ." (Philippians 3:7)