It’s Hard to Go Forward When You Keep Looking Back
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 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, 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. Phil 3:12-14
Focusing on the past holds you back now and weakens your hope for the future.
What does it look like to focus on the past?
1) You dwell on resentments.
2) You hang on to regrets.
3) You struggle with remorse.
4) You settle for past successes.
Turn Your Eyes Forward
1) Let God be the judge, jury and executioner.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:31-32
Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple. Job 5:2
He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 1 Pet 2:23
2) Let grief make you stronger.
David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 18 Then on the seventh day the child died. 2 Sam 12:16,18
Look up instead of down….
Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate. 2 Sam 12:20
Accept what can’t be changed.
But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.” 2 Sam 12:23
Keep moving forward through the pain.
Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child. 2 Sam 12:24
3) Don’t dwell on or repress your guilt. Release it.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
4) Don’t settle on past successes.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31