Letting go of the past

Philippians 3:12-14  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, 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.

Sometimes I wonder why its so hard to let go of the past. Is it because its familiar territory? How then is one supposed to accomplish all they are supposed to if they are chained to their past. It’s like that commercial where the lady is walking around with the scale chained to her leg, how far can you trully go like that? If you were an eagle and you were chained to the ground, can you trully fly? That’s how it is.

I remember one day in medical school I was speeding because I was late for class and I passed a cop. I knew he had seen me but kept looking in the rear view mirror to see if he was following me. I got so distracted looking in the rear view mirror every two seconds that I did not see that the ‘robot’ was red and I rammed into the rear of the car in front of me. How is this different from our lives, we keep looking back and end up messing up our lives because we can not forgive ourselves or others for the mistakes of the past and just let it go.

I know its not easy, but I know for sure with God’s help we can completely let go of our past and live in the present and move on to even better things. One author says,”you have to learn how to let your past go before you can start to proceed full steam ahead in your walk and call for the Lord. If you don’t learn how to let the past go – you will stay grounded and stuck right where you are, and you will never accomplish what God would have had in store for you in this life.”


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