Reedeming Your Past

Brothers, 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, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

A man was losing his memory. Concerned about the situation, he went to his doctor for advice.

The doctor gave him this diagnosis: “We cannot help your memory without impairing your eyesight. The choice is yours. Would you rather be able to see or remember?”

The man wryly answered, “I would rather have my eyesight than my memory. I’d rather see where I am going than remember where I’ve been!”

Many of us don’t like to remember where we’ve been.

Most of the time, there’s a good reason for that. We have things in our past that we’re ashamed of, regrets that we carry with us, and sorrow over mistakes we’ve made.

For some of us, memories of where we’ve been and what we’ve done can become a club that the Devil uses to beat us up and keep us subdued.

Our past failures can hold us down and keep us from trusting God.

I believe that’s one of the reasons God’s Word reminds us to leave the past in the past and to move forward for Him.

Just as you can’t drive down the highway and continually look in your rearview mirror, you cannot live the Christian life by constantly looking to the past. God has a bright future in store for you.

He is able to redeem even the regrets, mistakes, and sins of our past and use them to bring glory to Himself. Praise His name forever!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!