8 It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, 9 but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ (Jesus).
Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God's upward calling, in Christ Jesus.
Yes, press on and do not give up. We're all sure there are better things ahead, is just the pressure, the sadness, and the bad experiences of life holding us back.