Philippians 3:13-14 - Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
When you think about the future, do you feel hopeful or hopeless? Perhaps we feel that our pasts will always cast a shadow on our future.
But, I’ve really messed up. There. It’s out there in the atmosphere. Why is it so difficult to admit when we’ve blown it and then move on?
I went through some rough things in my past. Some of it wasn’t my fault, but some of it was truthfully my fault. If I’m not careful, my mind will play the same sad song over and over. Not only that, but the volume is turned up so loud that I can’t hear myself think.
In the Bible verses above, the apostle Paul wrote about his own struggle. He didn’t make the struggle the focus, but the race he was running to finish. Paul didn’t say that it was easy. He didn’t say that he had decided to quit. In fact, he said just the opposite.
Take a look at the verses again. Paul said that he was forgetting what was behind and straining towards what was ahead. He had a purpose. A goal he was reaching for.
Also, Paul didn’t say that everything was over and done with. Nor did he say that he had arrived at his destination. He was still working it out.
That’s how we each are. Even in making peace with our past it doesn’t stop there.
In order to truly move forward into a fruitful life, we have to keep our minds from focusing so much on the past and pour ourselves into other people’s lives.
Is there someone in your circle of influence that you could encourage? Pour your life into? Perhaps you have done that and have seen the joy that comes to us by helping others. I’d love to hear your story. I look forward to hearing from you.
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.