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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13
There is no scripture and no way that I want to imply that you shouldn’t have memories. Memories are part of life and especially in the life of a believer. The Bible is replete with scripture that encourage us to remember what God has done for us. Not only to remember but to tell it to our children and our children’s children.
The problem arises when we let our past hinder our future. When we allow ourselves to be shackled with the disappointments and failures of days gone by. Who hasn’t been disappointed or had to deal with the pain of failure? Who hasn’t been tempted to quit because of those disappointments. You’ve heard it before. Someone says, “I’ll never allow myself to fall in love again,” or something similar.
I believe that it was the pain of disappointment, failure, jail time or whatever else that caused the words of the apostle Paul to be so potent in Philippians 3:13 when he said, and I paraphrase, “I’m putting the past behind me and focusing on what is in front of me.”
Do it today. Decide to not let the past hinder your future. Yesterday should not be an anchor keeping you from your tomorrow. Decide now to move forward. Forgive those who have hurt you. Embrace those who love you and press forward into an exciting future that is full of possibiliites.