Happy New YOU!
When the Apostle Paul wrote Philippians 3:12-14, you need to realize that Paul is in prison, chained to a Roman guard, under horrible conditions.
Yet despite that, he writes these wonderfully positive words, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Now stop for a moment & ask yourself, "What is Paul trying to grab hold of?" Paul tells us in vs. 10, "I want to know Christ & the power of His resurrection & the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."
What is he reaching for? What is his goal?
His goal is Eternal life with Jesus. That is what he is reaching for & striving for every day. His Goal is Heaven!
Now here is the point. If our Goal is Heaven; if our goal is Eternal life with Jesus Christ; then all those little setbacks in life are only stepping-stones getting us closer to the time when we will be with Jesus.
There will be disappointments in life, but every day that passes is one day closer to the time when we will be with Jesus. If that is our goal, then Romans 8:28 is true. "All things" do "work together for good to those who love God & are called according to his purpose."
May our God Bless you abundantly with His Grace and Mercy as you make 2020 the BEST Year of Spiritual Growth you have ever experienced!