In his letter to the Philippians, Paul said (3:13, 14), "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." What an inspiration these words are to the earnest Christian!
But one may argue: I see how desirable it is not only to forget what is behind, but also to have the courage to reach forward. How am I to achieve this attitude? I am willing to make any reasonable sacrifice; I am well aware how far I am from attaining perfection, but what must I do about it? How do I begin?
It is safe to say that our first necessity is to arrive at a true estimate of ourselves; then we are equipped to begin the necessary overhaul, retaining the good, or the real, and rejecting the counterfeit. What, then, is our real identity, or selfhood?