There was a time in my life I did not follow Christ and I was on a self destruct course . But thank goodness that is behind me , that is in the past. I learned a lot and now I am growing and working for the Lord .. seeking to be Christ like in everything I do ..
Friends , there is more to that story .. I really looked back on the things I had done in the past and it held me back . I would focus on those past sins and would be so consumed by guilt I could not move on . Even though I had asked for forgiveness from God and those I had wronged , I still had guilt . I knew God had forgiven me but I had doubts on others . I have to be honest, I allowed those doubts to bring me down . I felt terrible and dwelled on the question ” what if they didn’t forgive me ? ” that would devastate me . No matter what I said to myself of not caring if they did , I did care and it meant a lot to me , it was the start of a new beginning..
Instead of moving forward after I asked , knowing it was up to them how they accepted it , I stood still at the starting line asking questions ..
My energy was on the past . Instead of working to win my race , I was working on not even finishing it . But after prayer, after prayer my attitude changed and my thinking did as well.. I stopped standing and started moving toward.. Instead of dwelling on the past events , I used them to testify to what my Lord did for me .
I seek to win my race and know that the past does not define me , the present and future defines me . The way I treat others and how I serve defines me now . I have set goals for learning and thrive to grow as a christian .
I seek no longer what was behind me but thrive on whats in front..
As Paul speaks in Philippians he knows he will not achieved perfection in his life time but he no longer looks behind him . He presses forward to the future and does not look back . He improves each step in his race until he reaches his goal .. Jesus …
Before you set out to win your race , put your feet to the ground and steady yourself . Take your steps and grow .
Release yourself from the past and move forward . The strength we have and the goal we set is growing in Christ. Doing this in knowing we carry the forgiveness of our Saviour …this is why we can move forward ..
The only time we should look back is to were we have been and to share our stories ..
Remember Paul’s words
Philippians 3 : 13, 14
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Rachel E Lane