Learning to Live
There are dangers in lessons learned. We have all seen, or even committed the head down, eyes closed, bull in a china shop, rookie mistakes. It is clearly portrayed in that moment of terror when you realize that those words were actually heard by other people, or that path of destruction is the path you just made. These mistakes we so kindly label as learning experiences, when improperly applied, can be confidence killers or the bricks we use to build walls of protection against embarrassment or any other future failure.
Paul understood. He had travelled the personal journey from self-righteous judge to self-effacing servant. Paul had to deal with the reality of his past and somehow find a way to stand in his new identity in Christ pursuing an eternal purpose that was a complete opposite to all the training and passions of his early life and training. Paul had every reason to pile up his past mistakes and use them as justifications for doubt and caution. He could have allowed his past to handicap him from running in the race that led to his missionary journeys of sharing the good news. Learn the lessons, and live the life. Paul said, I’m not perfect, but I’m also not done.
The purpose before me is more powerful and important than my fears. I may have a sea of regret in my past, but I choose to put the past behind me as I press on toward the goal God has placed before me. I will focus my energies and efforts forward. I will not waste them in the attempt to protect my position or pride. All who are mature take this view. Take a moment to examine how you are investing your resources and your present. Are you building a protective stockpile based on past failures and current fears, or are you choosing to be courageous as you move forward in truth, integrity and purpose? Ask God to give you strength as you work to tear down walls and walk forward as he leads.
All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. Philippians 3:12-15
Written by Courtney Cash
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