It is Saturday afternoon and I am listening to a chorus of birds outside my window. The day has been cold and cloudy and once again I am deep in thought.
Day by day thousands of thoughts pass through our minds. We make countless decisions in the words that we speak or the actions that we do or do not take. I know personally that I often fail and miss the mark and this can often cause me to fret and worry and generally feel down about myself.
I was reading Philippians and came across the verse:
“But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13).
Often we can get trapped in our past. We view our current circumstances and project them over our future and often do not have the ability to imagine the future we desire. However the ability to imagine a future of freedom is vital to getting to where we need to go.
Coming from a financial background I am reminded of this saying “past performance is not indicative of future returns.” In relating this to our lives I would alter this saying that our past performance does not have to determine our future.
No matter what things have looked like in the past we can be given a fresh start. God says in his word that “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Change can happen instantaneously but also do not be discouraged if progress is gradual as each step forward is another step towards freedom.
When reading the above verse I was encouraged to let go of those mistakes and failures and also the guilt and shame that comes with failure. We all need to practice some self-forgiveness at times and be thankful for God’s great mercy and grace towards us. His heart is for us and he is always urging us on to a life of freedom and 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 5:5).