We should always be quick to forget our past failures because they can
hinder us from reaching forth towards our future successes. Dwelling in
the past doesn't serve any meaningful purpose when it comes to reaching
forth towards new goals and aspirations for life. We must look through our
eyes of faith and call those things that are not as though they were. We
must envision a bright, blessed, prosperous and a whole life that we wish
to walk into soon one day. It makes no sense to hope for victory, but
speak forth words of pessimism, difficulty and complaint. We must proclaim
with our mouth the blessings of the Lord and call into being the positive
things that we don't see right now. Just as God spoke the world into
existence, so it is with us as His children. We don't have the same
creative power, but we are created in the image of God and have been given
the command to call things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17)
Be encouraged to bless your life with your words, your thoughts and your
dreams. See good things ahead of your life. Do not murmur or complain
when times get tough. Let your faith remain steadfast in the Lord knowing
that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Dream bigger dreams than
you have ever thought before. When we do this, God becomes proud of His
children because they are showing Him that we trust and believe that God
can do all things. (Proverbs 23:7) (Hebrews 13:5) (Psalm 46:1-3) (Romans 4:3)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to no longer dwell
on the past, but rather look forward towards a positive future knowing that
good things will come to those who believe.
LETTING GO OF SUCCESS
I want to make the most of every day. And like most people, I've discovered
that the best way to do it is to let go of past failures.
But that's not all. One can never fully enjoy today while dwelling too
much on past successes, either. People never succeed while resting
comfortably on their laurels. As Ivern Ball has said, “The past should be
a springboard, not a hammock.” The fact is, sometimes our successes hold us
back more than our failures!
I once heard a story about the actor Clark Gable. A friend paid Gable a
visit one afternoon at the actor's home. She brought along her small son,
who amused himself by playing with toy cars on the floor. He pretended he
was racing those cars around a great track, which in reality was an
imaginary circle around a golden statuette. The small statue the boy
played with was actually the Oscar Clark Gable won for his performance in
the 1934 movie It Happened One Night.
When his mother told him the time had come to leave, the little boy asked
the actor, “Can I have this?” pointing to the Oscar.
“Sure,” he smiled. “It's yours.”
The horrified mother objected. “Put that back immediately!”
Giving the child the golden statue, Clark Gable said, “Having the Oscar
around doesn't mean anything to me; earning it does.” The actor seemed to
know that past success could be a comfortable hammock upon which he may be
tempted to rest, rather than a springboard launching him to the next level.
Biblical wisdom says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what
happened long ago.” You may have learned to let go of past failures and
mistakes in order to free the present. But will you loosen your grip on
past successes and achievements in order to free the future? Will your
past be a springboard or a restful hammock?
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past,”
said Thomas Jefferson. I agree. After all, the future, not the past, is
where the rest of your life will be lived.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 3:13-14 “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.”
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon
and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful
of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him
a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put
all things under his feet.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry