Sunday, October 24, 2010

Letting the past go

Today's reading: Philippians 3-4

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3: 13-14 NRSV

Forget the past. Forget what you did, or what you should have done. Let it go. Stop dragging yourself over the coals for past deeds. Don't look back.

Paul forgot his past. He was persecuting the very people he now supports and works with. He was trying to destroy the very Church he is now building up. Paul would never have gotten far in his ministry if he refused to let go of his past. Why can't you and I do the same?

Strain forward to what lies ahead. If we are anxiously looking to the future, our whole outlook will change. We will be more willing to spread the Gospel. We will be more present with other people. We will have a goal. We will know without a doubt where we are going.

Stop looking back. Start earnestly living forward. Press on to the heavenly prize in Christ Jesus.


Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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