Start By Forgetting The Past
December 4, 20l9 –
Forget about past failures. There is nothing you can do to change or modify your past. But, you can begin to fashion a brighter future by working with God today to develop your spiritual plan.
Paul, writing to the Philippians, made it clear that if you are to win the race of life and receive the prize, you must forget the past, work in the present, and focus on the future you desire. Paul wrote, “Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14).
You may find it helpful to picture a speeding boat crossing an expanse of water. The wake is behind the boat, and the pilot concentrates on steering the boat while he or she keeps their eye on the goal. It is what you are presently engaged in that keeps you moving toward the goal. In the past, the wake carries no power to move you forward.
When to Start Planning?
Today. The Bible says, “This is the day which the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Now is the best time to commit to developing your Spiritual Plan and begin working toward its accomplishment.
Don’t get trapped in the inertia syndrome, where the guiding rule is “wait.” There is a stage in the spiritual planning cycle where you are to wait upon the Lord. But, once He has given you direction, you must exercise faith and act! Too many opportunities are lost every day because Christians fail to exercise their faith.
A Personal Spiritual Plan gives guidance and inspires. The very act of creating a personal spiritual plan influences behavior toward consistency with that plan. You will be surprised at the surge of energy you receive as a result of your absolute commitment. You will quickly begin to see more clearly the way to get from here to there. As you began to put your plan down on paper, concrete action steps will become apparent, and you will quickly discover methods for removing obstacles that stand between you and your goal.
The correct action goes a long way toward helping achieve goals. As in the case of riding a bicycle, forward momentum helps the rider maintain balance and move closer to the destination. The completion of one do-able provides impetus toward the next action step, and when you have completed all the required steps, you will arrive at your target.