“Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 3:14
Paul in this verse is referring to the Olympics of his day and specifically to the chariot race. During the race the chariot driver stood on a small platform, above the turning wheels, with little or nothing to hold onto. He had to lean forward and strain every muscle and nerve to maintain balance and control the horses. The statement “press toward” literally means, “stretching as in a race”.
This is exactly what the Christian does when he “fights the good fight of faith” or "runs with patience the race set before him”. He is continually stretching himself, reaching forward, strengthening, until the prize is obtained. In Philippians 3:13 Paul gives three steps on how to reach this prize and become “Victorious Christians”.
May this trying time find us conforming to the image of our God as we forget the past, trust God with the present, and reach forward to our future life in Christ Jesus.