“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but 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. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:13–15, KJV).
Tamara Lowe wrote in her book Get Motivated, “If someone had told me twenty-eight years ago—when I was a drug addict and dealer—that I would soon be working with U.S. Presidents and world leaders, I would have thought they were smoking the same stuff I was smoking!”
She grew up on the streets of New Orleans, the party town where Mardi Gras never ends. She started using drugs at the age of ten. By twelve years of age she was dealing drugs. She dropped out of school not long after that. She never made it past the eighth grade. She says the next ten years was a blur. She went from one high to the next, barely coming up for air. Then she had an amazing, life transforming experience that changed her forever. She went into Teen Challenge and found Jesus.
She had a dream that motivated her to reach people who did not have any direction in life. She and her husband formed a company that now conducts the largest business motivational seminars in the World. In early 2010 George W. Bush was one of the speakers in their Dallas Seminar.
Tamara now holds an earned Masters Degree in Motivational Research. Her primary research with over 10,000 people in virtually every field of occupation brought out a fundamentally important truth: “The quality of your life is largely determined by your motivation”.
You can set your sights and work toward the goal of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Your past does not determine your future! It’s not what you were, but what you can be in Christ that counts. Christianity is not a ‘make over’ but a new person in Him (2 Cor. 5:17).
© 2010, 2019 Jim Cole-Rous
 Lowe, Tamara. 2009. Get Motivated New York, NY: Doubleday Publishing (p. 3).