Wow, I can't believe I am almost at the end of this 10-day challenge to listen and write. Ironically, I realized today that it was actually the start of something new which I plan to kick off at the end of this! I have to say that I have sat with God in a new way over these past 9 days. My peace has increased and my bottle is filling with new wine daily.
One of the areas I have had to spend time with over these past 9 days in this season has been moving to a whole new place of letting go of the past. This word "past" has many different meanings in context. In the adjective form - it is something that has gone by and no longer exists. It is the moment before this very moment. The past happens constantly! Just a few moments ago as I was writing this - my son came to door with a question. My interaction with him is now in the past and this sentence becomes the future.
That's why I am drawn to the preposition meaning of the past which is "to or on the further side of." For example, I rode past the house. The word past not only indicates a time lapse but it also indicates forward movement. Yes, it happened in the "past". But I can also move "past" something in my life. The past does not have to leave me stagnant.
Philippians 3:`13 -14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
In this scripture, Paul acknowledges the fact that he hasn't met the mark yet but he is working on one thing - forgetting the past and pressing forward. This is easier said than done. For some, the past can haunt us from the time we arise to the end of the day. The "What If's", "Should Haves", and "I need a Re-Do on life" can threaten to take our joy each and every day. But like Paul, we may have to strain for what is ahead. Sometimes, it is not easy and we have to push past the past! We need to use the adjective of this word and preposition no matter how it looks or sounds!
When your past threatens to take away the joy of the present and future - counteract it with the Word of God. Speak and write affirmatively to yourself if you need to. Declare what you can and will do -despite the past. Ask God to forgive you for any areas you seek forgiveness and seek after Salvation so you can experience another chance to start afresh. Forgive yourself and others. Find a way to drive "past" and embrace the future.