If you have lived a few years on this scruffy planet, chances are you have a past. And whether you made good choices or bad, there are keys that will help you move forward. We’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to talk about two women sitting in a restaurant.
- The first one was sipping on her second margarita talking about her highschool years, and how they were the best years of her life. She regaled story after story of her cheerleading team, choir performances and prom dates. She even pulled out a picture of her sixteen year old self as a slender debutant and sighed in wistful wonder.
- The other woman was also drinking a strong drink. But she talked about her highschool years being the worst of her life, and how everyone picked on her and bullied her. She recounted memory after memory of her lousy life and how since then she’s had nothing but troubles and abuse.
How interesting that they both have stories to tell, and they both feel the story led them to that place in their life. There are all kinds of reasons to remember our past. There are all kinds of reasons we do what we do today. How many of those reasons help us move in a positive direction? How many power our belief in God and hope in the future?
The brain has 500 trillion synaptic connections and is easily the most powerful machine in the world. These connections create your thoughts, they drive your emotions, and they perceive then process information gathered by our five senses. They also store a data base of memories. Tell me though–do you remember the person who sat three seats behind you in first grade? What about the phone number of the house you lived in, in the sixth grade? My point is that our minds are designed to remember yes! But they are also designed to forget. Forgetfulness gets a bad rap and yet it is also one of the things God designed. God, as creator of this jaw-dropping wonder and He knows exactly how to help us understand the brains optimal use and programing.
Here are 4 steps in Philippians 3:13-14. Lets break it down.
- “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: (I stop looking at where I am, for a reference to where God is taking me.)
- but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, (Forget what mess-ups I’ve done in the past.)
- and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (Reach forward towards something new and assigned by God)
- I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (I persistently seek after and pursue an A+ from God on every task he assigns.)
God created our brains, He knows all the shortcuts to getting you to the promise land in your mind. Action overcomes fear. Get busy doing today what needs to get done today with God. One more amazing verse on this.
“And that ye…
- study to be quiet, (What is God assigning for your immediate future?)
- and to do your own business, (Mind your own business.)
- and to; work with your own hands, (Your hands are located within easy distance from your heart, eyes, ears and mouth for a reason.)
…as we commanded you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. He didn’t say it lights up the path behind us, but we are in charge of making Him part of our future.
God bless you today!
Read Part 2 of this subject, called, “When the Past Won’t R.I.P.” here.
- What is the High Calling? (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)