Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture – “Brothers and sisters, 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
Insight: People spend way too much time living in the past and going through the pain all over again that they have already suffered. The past can be a graveyard for unmet potential and stifle future growth. When people look back on their lives, they often wallow in their sins of commission, better known as guilt, ( things they have done that they wish they hadn’t) or sins of omission, better known as regret, ( things they didn’t do but wished they had). Why do we look in the rear-view mirror of life when we are heading forward in a different direction? We can and should learn from past mistakes and experiences to gain knowledge and wisdom about what works and doesn’t work for us in life, but all our hope lies in the future. Oswald Chambers wrote it this way: “Beware of spending too much time looking back at what you once were, when God wants you to become something you have never been.” That is a great way to put it and a very hopeful way of looking at life as a never-ending series of second chances. As long as there is still time left on the clock, God is not done with you yet.
Apostle Paul also had a great way of capturing the hopeful life God wants for us in the Bible when he says “Brothers and sisters, 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 Notice his word choice- “ forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…” this is something that takes our effort and focus to not live in the past, but to live for the future. The prize we need to win is in the future. All God wants to teach us and give us is in the future. Heaven and all glory for those who follow Christ Jesus is in the future. Therefore, we must be dedicated to pressing on, to straining for what God wants for us in the future. We must continually grow and mature, increasing in our dedication to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of our hope is in Jesus, and all of our hope is in the future. He has great plans for us, we just need to trust in Him and press ahead. We can be grateful that our God takes every experience we encounter and uses it for us for our future benefit. All of our hope is still ahead of us, so let go of the past guilt, grief and grudges and strain ahead towards His future glory that awaits you!