I forget

ID-100445032In case you didn’t know, I travel quite a bit. And considering all the travel, I feel like I have had very little issues. Oh yes there are the flight cancelations and delays at times along with the detours and traffic jams. But life goes on and I usually get where I need to be. I have learned there are things out of my control so I just try to make the best of it.

During a recent trip, I arrived a little before 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the first store visit of the day. I called the store, explained to the one who answered who I was, he knew me and actually sounded excited I was there. “I am in the back, but will be right there to open the door for you,” he said. So I mosey on over to the front door and wait….. and wait… and wait….. I start to get a little concerned…. And then my cell phone rings. “Good morning this is Debbie,” I said. “Debbie, where are you?” asked the voice of the DM.  “I am standing in front of store #,” “No you aren’t.” he said. Okay, we both start to laugh and me being me just said “Jeff please tell me where I am.” I mixed the store numbers up!  Just FYI, I did have the city and state right!

I do have to say that was the first time that happened! Okay so what does all this have to do with a devotional? SOMETIMES WE FORGET! Sorry I should say… sometimes I forget. I forget what kind of rental car I am driving. I forget where I parked the unknown car! I forget a name; even forget what day it is at times. And please don’t ask me my phone number….. moving on.

Now I have a question. Why is it I can forget the things I just mentioned, but if I make a mistake or fail at something or if someone does or comments something negative to me…. I have a memory like a steal trap!

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead (Phil. 3:13) What did he mean by forgetting those things which are behind? I am sure he is not suggesting we forget all our past. Instead, I believe he is advising the readers to stop rehashing all those things that seem to steal our song and the things that keep us up at night. He is telling us to press ahead. Things happen. It is over with. There may be consequences. However… the only thing you can control now is how you will face the future. The Bible tells us if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us. So if God has forgiven us…. We need to forgive ourselves, trust in God’s faithfulness and mercy and move on without all the extra weight of past mistakes and failures.

We can control how we face tomorrow! Forget the past…. Move on….

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14)

PS: God will help you do this if you ask Him, but you do need to put forth the effort and make a choice to let stuff go. It does take work but WOW is it worth it!

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