Philippians 3:12 - Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
It had been an awful day. The things that happened weren’t supposed to happen. I found myself with thoughts of what was and what might have been and I traveled down the staircase of regret.
It just seems like after I think I’ve gotten over something, it comes back and slaps me across my face. And the pain and sorrow threaten to ruin me again.
But it isn’t just climbing back up that we must put our energies into. It’s also the attitudes we hold in our hearts.
Sometimes the hurts are so strong that they drive us into a dark cave where we press our face against the back wall. But we can’t stay in hiding forever.
When awful things happen in our lives, how to we move beyond what happened and into the hope of a new tomorrow?
Psycologytoday.com posted the article, “Let it Go,” which can help you make changes in your life such as changing your story and ruthlessly discarding the things in the past that are necessary in order to move forward. It isn’t easy, but it’s better than living the way you are now.
So I say as the Bible verse above talks about, I try to press forward and aim for the prize that awaits me just around the next corner in my future. God will help us gain the strength we need and that staircase won’t be as hard as we think it is to climb.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.