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
The most beautiful place to live is in your now, not your past. One thing about the past-it’s just that-past. You can’t go back and change it, nor should you ever be comfortable living there.
I’ve watched so many people held captive by decisions they made that they were ashamed of and those around them, refused to allow them to escape. Each time they would venture out to try something new, someone would remind them, “Remember what happened last time!” That fear of failure or making a mistake froze them out of freedom they so desired.
If you only see me as ‘that’ person in ‘that’ place with ‘those’ problems, here’s a news flash–I’m no longer there, I’ve moved on. I had a friend who would drag up my past each time I was with her. I nicely reminded her that I was no longer that person and unless she could see me for who I was today and help me into my future, we had no basis for relationship.
I wasn’t mean about it, I said it with a smile on my face and as much love as I could muster up. It doesn’t matter who it is, sister, brother, father, mother or long time friend, if they’re not cheering you on, they’re holding you back. You can’t get far looking in the rear view mirror. Focus forward my friend!
We’re all running a race that’s unique to us. You can’t copy mine and I can’t copy yours, but we can encourage one another along the way. That’s my goal when sharing my blogs, I’m hoping that it will encourage you to keep Jesus as your prize and run, even when you’re being chased by the devil himself. Don’t keep looking back to where you came from. Every day is a do-over and your Heavenly Father has great plans for you.
Focus on Jesus!