1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Philippians 3: 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,
but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of
me. 13 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
thing about a race is that you have to stay on course. It's really hard
to win a race if you are incapable of following the track. Your eyes
need to stay fixed on the goal ahead, if you are to reach the end. You
cannot stray to the left or to the right and expect to get there.
Moreover, it's really difficult to get anywhere if you are always
looking backwards instead of forward. You cannot see the path before
you, if you are constantly living in the past. Now don't get me wrong;
looking back with fondness at beautiful memories is fine, but spending
all of your time looking at your life with regret is completely
different. Regret is a stronghold because regret places your focus on
the wrong things. Regret prevents you from living your life in the way
God intended. Living your life focused only on the would've, could've,
should've in your life is like trying to run a race backwards; it just
doesn't work; trust me, I've spent a lot of my life living backwards.
You cannot change the past, but you still have the future to look
forward to. It's not too late to get back on track, and live your life
in the way God intended. God calls us all to greater things than this,
so we must persevere and press on. God calls you into a life of
abundance. He calls you into His presence to walk in His joy and peace.
The path ahead is glorious, even you are struggling in the present, but
you cannot move forward if you are still living in the past. Let go of
the past and accept the things you cannot change because God accepts you
as you are, and in this way you will find the freedom that comes from
living a life in Jesus Christ. I pray you all experience and live in the
love, and joy, and freedom and peace of God. I pray for extraordinary
favor for each and every one of you.