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 3:13b-14 ESV
Yesterday we looked at remembering, but today’s verse talks about forgetting what lies behind and taking hold of what is ahead. When we were small children, life was simple. We didn’t decide where to live, what to eat or what to wear. But even those of us who had wonderful childhoods were not satisfied. We wanted to become teen-agers! For me, that meant giving away my baseball cards, Roy Rogers cap gun and army men. I wanted to be cool! Strangely enough, as a teen I discovered that I was not happy. My parents were still in charge and were concerned about boring things, like grades and keeping my room clean. I wanted to be treated like an adult! But after moving out on my own I found out that along with freedom came bills, college professors who demanded assignments on time and police officers who pulled me over for speeding. On top of the unexpected disappointments of young adulthood came a deep loneliness. I had forgotten my past completely, but in the wrong kind of way and found myself clinging onto the steering wheel of life with no idea of where I was going. And then Jesus came – though to be clear, Jesus had been there all along, I just didn’t know. Then I had a choice. I could keep holding on to my steering wheel, or I could let it go and take hold of Him. How glad I am that I let go and then He took hold of me. Is anything that you are clinging to that is keeping you from taking the hand of Jesus? Don’t be afraid. It will be so worth it all to forget and let go but only you can decide. What is your answer to Him?
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Great post, Pastor Pete.
Sometimes I have an easier time letting go of that steering wheel during the big crises of life, but a harder time letting go in the daily grind. Thank you for this encouragement today, Pete.
Yes Patty and don’t we al. We come prepared (usually for the big stuff) The little ones come at us from our blind side. As I get older I feel like I might just learn how to be the Christian here on earth by the time I go to heaven!