This last month I shared a message, “Living as if there are no yesterdays.” I believe this message is vital if we are going to make progress moving forward in our Christian life. The Apostle Paul tells us in Phil 3:13… But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead I press on toward the goal… In this verse Paul is comparing the Christian life to running a race, and to run this race well we must forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead. You cannot run well if you are always looking back over your shoulder. You must focus on what’s in front not what’s behind you. What this means is each of us must let go of the things that are in the past, and by the help of the Holy Spirit and His grace forget what’s behind and run the race well.
I shared two areas that must be addressed if we are going to live as if there are no yesterdays. The first area is forgiving yourself for past personal failures, and the second area, moving past situations we don’t understand, by trusting those things to Jesus.
When David lost his son Absalom (2 Sam 18) he was filled with anguish over Absalom’s death. I can only imagine that David thought of every mistake, every failure on his part that made Absalom turn into the person that he turned into. If only I had done this different, or if only I had been a better Daddy then this would not have happened. Those two words…IF ONLY can be the most painful words that ever run through our minds, because those two words remind us of our failures. But if we are going to run the race well, we must by the grace of our Lord Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit put those failures under the blood of Jesus. That is the only way we can forget what lies behind and focus on the life that God has for us.
I also shared the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 11). When Lazarus died Mary and Martha were at a complete loss because they did not expect this to happen. The first thing Martha said to Jesus when she saw him was, “If only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” My brothers and sisters sometimes things happen, tragic things, and very sad things happen that we don’t understand. We find ourselves saying like Martha, “If only you had been here this would not have happened.” I believe that our Loving Savior encourages us to trust him especially when we don’t have the answers. If we are going to run this race well and focus on what’s in front of us, we must trust our Lord with those difficult and hurtful things that have happened in our past.
Remember you cannot run well if you are always looking over your shoulder and looking behind you. It doesn’t matter what it is, if you are constantly looking over your shoulder, you can’t focus on the race in front of you. It is my prayer that our loving Father will pour His grace upon us in such abundance and enable us to forget what lies behind and to press forward, so we can run the race well, and truly live as if there are no yesterdays.
From my heart to yours,