Forgetting the Past
We all have a past. It’s filled with proud moments, and not-so-proud moments. It contains joy and pain, and we are continually tempted to live in it. But God wired us to face the future, to think forward, to live for today and tomorrow and leave yesterday behind. Paul put it this way,
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
- Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
For the future to be all that God imagines it to be for us, we need to settle the issue of our past. Thankfully, Jesus Christ has given His life on the cross so that our past sins could be forgiven. And once He forgives, God will never again remind us of our failures. Ever. Now it’s our task to stop reminding ourselves of our regrets and to live in the full light of God’s forgiveness.
Our accomplishments in the past can be a problem too. If you saw Napoleon Dynamite, you’ll remember the uncle whose conversations always managed to revolve around 1982 when he “could throw a football a quarter of a mile.” His glory days were apparently behind him and stunted his growth in the present.
Good, bad, and ugly, leave the past behind at the foot of the cross and face forward today.
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