During my bible time this morning I came across this familiar passage but it seemed to strike me differently.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:13-14
I have a huge problem of not letting things go…
I still remember everyone that has ever wronged me in someway and how that has affected my life. When things go wrong, I tend to get on the ‘woe is me’ bandwagon and ride it till the wheels fall off. In dealing with the loss of my mother, I have held onto her memories so much so that I have occasionally found myself stuck in the past and unable to enjoy my present day life.
Often times, I look at the older, more seasoned saints of the church that seem to have it all together and wonder if I’ll ever get there. However, this scripture reminds us that we are not perfect but we have to forget that which is behind us and continue reaching ahead for the prize.
Today, I pray for the ability to let go of those things in my past that I’ve been holding on to. The same things that are preventing me from moving ahead in life and the strength to move forward in my journey of life.
Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one that can relate to this but as a personal rule of thumb I have to speak the truth to myself before I can speak it to others. So if you fit this category, I encourage you to join me in this prayer today and to keep praying about it until you see a change in your daily habits of forgetting those things which are behind you.
As an end result, I hope that you too are empowered to move ahead!