No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
In the New Living translation in Philippians 3:12, Paul states he has not “ reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” We are not perfect now and we will fall short at times. What happens when you don’t reach your goal? What happens when you fall short? How do you move forward? How do you get unstuck from your past?
- Forget what is behind.
- This greek word as for many greek words is a compound word. Epi and lanthánomai (“overlooking”). Helps Word Studies adds the definition which goes beyond our understanding of forgetting. (lanthánō), focuses on the consequences that build on the forgetting (note the epi, “upon”).
- This word instructs us that forgetting is more than not remembering, it has to do with focusing on the hope of not remembering. What is life like when you are not encumbered by remembering your failure? You can move beyond forgetting.
- This forgetting opens the space to breathe again and move forward. It helps your focus to look through the windshield in front of you instead of the rearview mirror of your past. This forgetting re-instills hope beyond your failure.
- Focus on the calling Jesus has for you
- Pressing on is not neutral, but an active endeavor.
- When you stumble or fall off the wagon, Jesus’ calling is still active in your life. His plans for good, remain to give you a hope and a future.
- Focus on the end of the race and not the pain of the moment.
Do you know what Jesus has in store for you? He longs to be with you- abiding, and He invites you to do life with HIm. Bring your past into the present conversations with Jesus and get His perspective about what your future looks like. There is life in Jesus beyond your stumbling.
Forgetting your past is not easy, but it is definitely possible with Jesus. Don’t stay identified with the past hurts, cling to the hope found in Jesus who finds a holy purpose for broken things. Jesus is in the mending broken hearts and live business. If you are broken, you qualify for His services.
May God give you the grace to move beyond the stuckness of past failures. May you experience the joy of walking in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Blessings Love y’all