No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3;13-14
Not too long ago, our Sunday school lessons were on worry, something we all tend to do at one time or another. Most of our worries stem from stressful things that are going on in our lives, but we can be anxious or worried about positive things, too, which is something I hadn’t thought about. I want to share a short segment from one of the lessons on worry:
Don’t dwell of yesterday’s success. It is possible to feel anxiety about positive things, too. An aging athlete can think back to the time when he had that little bit of extra speed or endurance that made him an all-star. It’s easy to dwell on these things, lamenting the “good old days” and how they have passed away.
The Apostle Paul, one of the most successful men who ever lived, made an interesting declaration at the close of his life and career. He said that he hadn’t achieved his great goal, yet , but that he kept his focus on one thing—forgetting what was behind him and pushing forward to the one wonderful thing still before him: the high calling of Christ.
Paul could have sat in that prison and lingered in the scrapbook of his memories—the miracles, the young churches, the glorious spread of the gospel at his hands. But he put even those wonderful memories behind him because the future sparkled even brighter. That’s what you and I must do. We must dwell on the miracle of what lies before us today, this moment, this second. All else is dim by comparison.
At the time of this lesson, I was struggling with some things I wanted God to make “like it was before” my horse accident where I fell and broke my back. I was feeling sad and discouraged, longing for the “what was,” while crying over the “what is.” I begged the Lord to help me understand, and He used a Sunday school lesson to answer my prayer. He said, “Deb, it’s time to put away all those wonderful memories because the future sparkles even brighter. Dwell on the miracle of what lies before you today, this moment, this second. All else is dim by comparison.”
Perhaps you’re living in the scrapbook of wonderful memories because the “what is” is really hard. I pray God will use this Sunday school lesson to touch and change your life like He did mine.
Our future is brighter because the ONE wonderful thing that is still before us is: The high calling of Christ.