My mantra for life is always look forward.  The past serves only as a history lesson, we should learn from it, but dwelling on past mistakes is a waste to valuable time  None of us have as much time as we would like to live the best life we can today, and to build a better future.

I see this philosophy reflected in Phillippians 3, verses 12 – 14:

Philippians 3:12-14 (New International Version)

Pressing towards the goal

 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, 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, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Any coach/manager/mentor has the same message “Keep you eyes on the prize”.  You can’t do that looking behind you.  That is the  message found in Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi.

How do you keep your eyes focused on the promise of your faith?

Are you getting better at not dwelling on past mistakes?

From a commentary on Phillipians 3: 12-14 by John W. Ritenbaugh:

The word picture in Philipians 3:12-14 is of men straining to win a foot race. The Christian life is especially like the longer races where the runner must sustain a winning frame of mind over a longer period of time. We cannot run our race like the hare of the “Tortoise and the Hare” fable, in which the hare took a nap during the race.

Paul illustrates that after having received God’s grace, our responsibility is to return full effort to God in striving to perfection in moral, ethical, and spiritual areas. He did not see the struggle against sin, fear, and doubt as being accomplished by God alone. The apostle is here urging his erring brothers to follow his example in persistently concentrating on our common goal.

Life for us now consists of discarding wrong attitudes and habits accumulated in the past. In modern, psychological terms, we must lose our baggage. For us, the past is dead, buried in the waters of baptism. With that behind us, we must diligently make unwavering progress in putting out the leaven of sin, growing in God’s love, producing the fruit of God’s Spirit, moving toward the Kingdom of God, and putting on Christ’s perfection, His image in us.

Hillsong United – I Will Run To You

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