Live Forward

Past

Do you feel weighed down by the past? Are failures and hurts keeping your focus on what has happened? Do you struggle getting your mind off the way things used to be?

Choose to live forward.

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. ‘Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.'” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Present

Is the busyness of today continually wearing you out? Do you struggle getting through, unable to even consider getting ahead? Are trials and temptations continually getting in your path?

Choose to live forward.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Future

We certainly need to remember where we’ve come from, but any past focus must be centered on what God has done in our lives. We can live forward by remembering his continual and constant grace and mercy.

And living for today is important in that tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own (Matthew 6:34). Yet, ignoring what our future holds means missing out on the enormous motivation of hope.

Remember the past, but don’t live there. Focus activity on today, but remember the promised hope of tomorrow. Live focused on the goal set before you.

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

Choose to live forward.

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