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New Life daily devotion - Apr. 22, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 22


Letting Go of Your Past
Brothers, 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 3:13-14

Are you living a life of “if onlys”?

If only I had made better decisions.
If only I had been brought up in a better family.
If only I had spent more time with the children.

Sometimes this “if only” thinking is projected onto others:

If only you hadn’t been so stupid.
If only you had made more money.
If only you hadn’t failed to understand our child.      

“If only” thinking takes all of a person’s energy and emotions and uselessly spends that energy on a destructive rehash of the past—through the dank marshes of what might have been.  This focus is so all-consuming that it leaves you without strength or motivation to resolve the past and move on to achieve your future. . . a future full of possibilities that God puts before you, that He wants you to take hold of.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers (1879-1935)