“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phili. 3:13-14
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I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to drive while constantly looking in your rearview mirror. If so, then you know that when you do, you lose focus on what’s on the road in front of you. It becomes easy to swerve to the left or right or to miss something important on the road ahead of you, like a pedestrian or another vehicle.
Similarly, on the road of life, if we keep looking back to our past, then we won’t be able to successfully navigate what’s right in front of us. Many of us do it.
We hold on to clothes that used to fit us five – even ten – years ago.
We reminisce of days old and wish things could go back to a time when things were different.
And we hold grudges, anger, and resentment over things that have happened to us.
But holding on to the past and continuing to look in the rearview mirror can cause accidents to happen. Nobody wants to have or be the cause of a head-on collision. But that’s what we do when we won’t let go of the past – we create problems for ourselves and make a wreck of our lives.
When we keep looking back, it becomes difficult to move forward. It becomes difficult to see all the good that is right before you. And it becomes difficult to prepare for the future ahead of you.
The apostle Paul understood this idea when he said, “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal […]” (Phili. 3:13,14).
Friends, we have to forget those things behind us and reach forward to the things that are ahead of us. I know it can be hard sometimes – especially when the devil tries continually to bring up the past and make you relive it.
But we have a goal before us, a prize of the high calling of God that we have in Christ Jesus.
So we have to push past our past and look to the things in our future. And we don’t just look ahead, we reach ahead, we press, and we push for better things.
Let’s stop looking in the rearview mirror, forget about the things behind us, and focus on the prize of Christ before us – heaven. Worrying about the past doesn’t change anything, anyway. Let’s look to the future.
I think it’s bright.
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