“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
There is a theory that time is like a piece of string; if you cut it in half you will have two pieces – one is the past and one is the future. So where is the present? Nowhere – it doesn’t exist! The Bible however, paints a different picture of time. In the life of a human, there is the past, the present, and the future. Now the past is in the past. It has informed your identity and character to a certain extent, and may have been good, bad, or have elements of both. You may have been wronged, and done wrong. But when you are in Yeshua, you are a new creation. Paul urges, forget what is in the past; focus on what lies ahead. What lies ahead is your future. If you are passive or apathetic, then the future will just ‘happen’ to you; you will drift through life and one day wake-up and realise that most of your life now is behind you. Live in the present, and in the will of Yehovah, here and now, in order to press on, run, and race for the prize that lies ahead! Your destiny and your future are in your hands. Where is your thinking? If you live in the past, you will never walk into your future. If you live in the future, you will never actually do anything to get you there! You need a vision, a Yehovah given goal to work towards, to keep you pressing on today. Forget the past, live in the present, but press on to fulfil Yehovah’s calling for your life! Keep your eyes fixed on Yeshua and on the reward to come!