Forgetting the Past
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and pressing on to what lies ahead.”
Life can be challenging at times. Actually, it can be downright unfair and ruthless. For many, they live in the past; past failed relationships, past jobs, past marriages, past losses, past mistakes and past failures.
The Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament was one who’s life was littered with past failures and regrets. Before becoming a follower of Christ – he went from city to city arresting and murdering followers of Christ. He knew first hand how easy it was to live with past failure and regrets.
However, Paul tells us clearly in the verse above to “forget what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead.” Today, he might say it this way to us us: “Visit it, but don’t move in and take up residence.”
What is it that you think about continually? What is that one regret, mistake or failure you’re stuck in and keeps rearing it’s ugly head? What is it that keeps you from pressing on and moving forward to becoming all that God has called you to be?
Whatever it is, I encourage you to do what Paul said; “Forget what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead.” Visit it, ok! Move into it and take up residence there? No!
I’m reminded of a great quote by Stephen Covey: “Live out your imagination, not your history.”
God has a great plan and purpose for your life. He does not want us to live in our past. No! He wants us to pick up, press on and keep making progress. He wants to do something in us, so that, He can do something great through us.
Be Worth Being!
Have a great week!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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