Forget About It and Move On

by Lee Buford on June 2, 2010

One thing we can be assured of is that we will never succeed in our future endeavors as long as we continue to live in the past.

Is there value in looking in the rear-view mirror from time-to-time? Sure, but only if we do so to reflect on a positive memory or learn from a painful experience. STAYING in that place, good or bad, will prohibit us from moving forward in any constructive manner.

The following passage of scripture from Philippians conveys this message very well:

12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 
– Philippians 3:12-14 – ESV

We are all familiar with verse fourteen; one of the more frequently quoted passages in scripture. But take a moment to reflect more closely on the two verses before this one, paying special attention to what Paul says in the second part of verse thirteen:

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

“Forgetting what lies behind” is a key requirement in being able to press forward in pursuit of the prize. We are not bound by the past, and our futures are not dictated by what lies behind us.

What part of your past do you need to put away for good? What do you need to get past, or over, in order that you may more effectively pursue what God has in store for your future?

Do that NOW!


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