by Tony Nester

I Press On
Tony Nester
Philippians 3:12-14

Like Paul I want to be a “pressing-on” kind of Christian. How about you? Can
you say with Paul:

{14} I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in
Christ Jesus."

Not all Christians are “pressing-on” in their walk with Christ.

Some Christians, instead of “pressing on” practice a “pushing on” approach to
life. These are people who push, push, push to make a success of their life.
They operate with the notion that they can make things happen if only they work
hard enough at it. I have a lot of respect for “pushers.” I like people who
are “go-getters” and get things done.

Pushers do pay a heavy price, however for all their pushing on. More and more
of us are being forced to “push, push, push” by our jobs and family
responsibilities. It’s taking a toll on us.

Family Circle Magazine conducted a pool of 35,000 women asking them, "In the
midst of today's busy pace, where do you find yourself cutting corners in
order to survive?"

The results were that:
· more than 50% said their housework has fallen;
· 51% said that friends have been routinely squeezed out;
· 75% said they have neglected their husbands to the extent that their
marriage is suffering.

Something has to give when you're being pulled in so many different directions.

The average man experiences this same kind of stress in trying to be a good
father, a good husband, a good provider. As a result, men are

· 3 times more likely than women to be abusers of alcohol;
· they're 4 times more likely to commit suicide;
· they are more likely to suffer from heart disease, ulcers, or cancer;
· and their life expectancy is 10% less than a woman's.[i]

I have a lot of sympathy and respect for these “pushing on” types of people.
There is a lot “push” in me. Ask Evelyn, my wife. But I’ve learned that faith
in C ...

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