Food for thought…looking back

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Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.… Philippians 3:13

We took the kiddos camping last week. My kids begged us to bring their bikes.  I know how my kids ride their bikes… maniacs, so I was very apprehensive about bringing them.  So finally we decided to bring them with the agreement that my kids would be responsible riding them, how responsible can a 4 year old be? After the hassle of trying to get the bike trailer on and getting all of the bikes on it, I told my kids that they better actually ride the bikes while we are there.

There is a really large pond at jellystone park, around the outer edge of the pond is the road.  The road sits high above the pond.  So Justin took the boys on a bike ride just before dusk.  As they were riding, a car was coming on the road and Justin told the kids to move over so that the car could get by.  My oldest son Jude looked back to see the car while he was riding his bike. Oh the lesson he learned…. He went down the hill, hit a little platform at the bottom and launched out into the pond.  He was hysterically crying, he climbed out of the water and his bike sunk to the bottom.

You see, he took his eyes off the road, and off of what he was doing.  He looked back, and it caused him to go downhill.  He couldn’t finish what he had set out to do because he was so off track.

That happens to us in our walks with the Lord as well.  God bids us to come as we are, He forgives us, redeems us, and makes us a new creature.  Yet there are times, that we look back and it causes us to get off track.  His Word tells us to forget those things that are behind.  When I first got saved, I spent so much time agonizing over my past and how badly I failed.  That is right where satan wanted me to be.  In a rut. Condemned.

That includes hurt, pain, and difficulties that we may have had with others.  That includes our past sins that satan uses to condemn us.  That includes our failures, faults and sins from yesterday that Jesus has forgiven us for.  You see sweet sisters, satan wants to get you off track, he wants your eyes off of the goal, he wants you to sink.  When we get off track, God cannot use us as He desires to.

My son learned the hard way on his bike, but the Bible tells us to keep our eyes ahead, pressing toward the goal for the prize that Jesus has prepared for us.  Let go of what is behind.  Your sins are forgiven, you are new today.  Keep your eyes on your King.

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  1. excellent once again, Marissa……..thanks!!