Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own (Philippians 3:12).
In a race, whether it is a hundred yard dash or a cross country trek, the one thing the runner never does is look back. Winning the race depends upon looking forward, of setting one's sight on the path ahead. The finish line cannot be viewed from behind, but only as one moves forward and focuses on what is in front. It is impossible for an athlete to run at her top speed if she continues to look over her shoulder while running.