How do we move forward when we can’t stop looking back?

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Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

In this life we will have disappointments and hurts. We find ourselves living life as usual, waiting at a red light when all of the sudden our minds take us back. We’re in that place again, the pictures are vivid and sometimes we can even smell the memory like we’re right there again. Maybe it was a spoken or yelled word. Or even an act that broke our trust forever.

It could be that you were sick, and the pain you went through has left you scarred. Maybe you were the one that did an act you can’t wrap your mind around. Who was that woman or girl that did those things back then? How do we move forward when we can’t stop looking back?

If anyone knew how to look forward and not look back, it was Paul. His past could have easily overshadowed his future. Instead, he chose to let the Lord have what he did in the past and he clung to the hope of what he would be in Christ.

It’s the same for us. Our hope is in Christ and what He did for us. When we open our Bibles we find Him there. We see His heart for us through the cross. Then, as we read about Him, our hearts begin to see things we never saw before.

Till next time!
~Shana

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One Comment

  1. Shelly
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Amen, Shana! Let Christ define us! I love this reminder.

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