“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. 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, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
We cannot go back to change the past. We are not yet in the future. We can only experience life one heartbeat at a time. The clock stops for none of us. The hands of time cannot be bound. We must let go of things we cannot change, embrace the things that we can, and trust in God for wisdom for each step we take. Perhaps you have regrets. Most likely, we all do. For some, 2015 was a tough year. For others, it was a good year. In either case, we all must simply accept the fact that it is behind us. We are here now. We must not let the things of yesterday keep us from focusing on today. Our tomorrow's are determined by today, not yesterday! What are you doing today that will help you build a successful tomorrow? God gives you fresh new days, weeks, months, and years. Will you let Him use them for His glory?
I often use a statement from Charles Swindoll that says "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." May God help us react to life with the assurance that He is with us and that He has promised to never forsake us. (See Matthew 28:20 and Hebrews 13:5). God is already in the future. He has better things in store for His children. We aren't home yet. When we get home, all things will be made new. (See Revelation 21 and 22). The story isn't over. The best isn't behind you, it lies in front of you. Don't look back!
Happy New Year!
Rev. Curtis Norris