13 Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. 14 The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus. 15 So all of us who are spiritually mature should think this way, and if anyone thinks differently, God will reveal it to him or her. 16 Only let’s live in a way that is consistent with whatever level we have reached. 17 Brothers and sisters, become imitators of me and watch those who live this way—you can use us as models. 18 As I have told you many times and now say with deep sadness, many people live as enemies of the cross. 19 Their lives end with destruction. Their god is their stomach, and they take pride in their disgrace because their thoughts focus on earthly things.20 Our citizenship is in heaven. We look forward to a savior that comes from there—the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform our humble bodies so that they are like his glorious body, by the power that also makes him able to subject all things to himself. 4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord. (Philippians 3:13–4:1, CEB)
Paul says to the Philippians that he has not obtained the goal yet, but he is pressing onward, forward towards the goal every day.
We need to leave the old self behind and continue to press forward towards Christ daily. This is how we allow Christ to change us and continue to mold us into the person God created us to be.
We can not let our pasts or those around us pull us to a place we do not want or need to be. We must stand firm in our faith and press on towards the goal of being who God created us to be.