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July 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Where are you trying to rewrite history?


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

 

Many of us walk into the future looking backward hoping to rewrite history. We carry our own burdens, regrets, mistakes, and failures because we believe we are responsible for making our past right. A mixture of guilt and pride clouds our version of redemption.  Because we can’t see redemption we don’t think it is possible. What we have to understand is that it is impossible to return to the beginning of this game of life. This is why we need to be reminded over and over again of Paul’s words found in Philippians 3.

 

We are not people with problems needing to be fixed and character flaws needing to be changed, but a people looking for direction. As hard as it is for us to hear, the truth is that the past is irreparable.  Our wounds cannot be fixed, but they can be healed. The hope we can cling to is that the future is always available. There may be scars, mistakes, and failures, but there is a story of victory where everything that was wrong has been made right. We need to stop being so concerned about the past we have no control over and begin to focus on a future filled with hope in a passionate pursuit of God. Where are you trying to rewrite history? What would it look like to leave the past in the past?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, may I finally come to the realization that I am incapable of rewriting the past. Yesterday is in the books, but unlimited potential exists for today. Yet, this will not come if I keep clinging to the baggage of the past. Lord help me to focus not only to the future, but towards Your grace and mercy. Jesus my hope is that I would forget the past and focus on how You are transforming me today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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