Philippians 3:13 NLT ... Paul writes, "No, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."

Paul was determined to not let anything hinder or sidetrack him from obtaining his goal.  He stayed single-minded and accepted no distractions.

We must forget about the past.  Forget those things which are behind.  The type of "forgetting" here means "a constant, deliberate discarding of all thoughts" ... including past problems, past defeats, and past victories.

If Paul had looked back ... like a runner, it would cause him to lose his footing and eventually lose the race itself.

We must look forward to what's ahead of us.  Paul put forth every ounce of energy and looked forward with a great anticipation and excitement to the victory that was ahead for him.

The reason for not looking back at our past victories is because it would cause us to spend time rejoicing in what had happened before, in the past ... and we wouldn't be looking at what's coming in the future.  We were supposed to rejoice and have the satisfaction at the time we had that victory ... then we leave it in the past.  And we will go on to better victories ahead of us!  


Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler



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