“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
This verse is such an important message for us to get. So many of us struggle with the pain or consequences of our past mistakes that it makes it difficult to move past our past. We get hung up on self condemnation thus robbing ourselves and others of what God has called us to become.
It takes an intensional purposeful action to not allow one selves to focus on our past, but rather to keep our eyes focuses on what God has in front us. Its the only way we can we move forward into what God has called us info.
If you spend too much time looking into your rear view mirror eventually you’re going to run the car off the road and end up in a ditch verse where you were headed. God wants us to learn from our pasts and move forward. He doesn’t want us living there because we can only find freedom when we move beyond our past into the future God is calling us into.
This doesn’t mean you’re never going to reflect upon your past but it does mean that your never going to allow the emotional baggage of the past to pull you back into its pain. Just like driving, take a quick glance at what is behind you and then quickly refocus on what lies before you and then you will reach your intended destination.
This requires hard effort for some of us to develop this in to a habit, while others are more naturally incline to do it, but do not give up hope, as you too can overcome your past and move forward into all that God is calling you into that lies ahead of you today. Just keep looking and moving forward, one step at a time and into the destination to which God has called you.