"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." Philippians 3:14
Paul in these verses 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 verse 13 Paul gives three steps on how to reach this prize and become “Winning Christians”.
May each new day find us conforming to the image of our God as we forget the past, rejoice in the present and reach forward to our future life in Christ Jesus.