Philippians 3:13, TLB
I am still not all I should be, but I am? bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.“
For all the amazing things the apostle Paul did, he said in effect, “What’s more important is letting go of what lies behind.” Paul had many opponents who tried to discredit his ministry with false accusations. Some of the churches he founded hurt him, and some believers turned against him. He knew that if he carried negative baggage from the past, he would become bitter and discouraged. He said, “One thing I’m good at is letting go of the past.”
How do you drop the negative things that have happened to you? Quit thinking and talking about them. The reason some people never see “what lies ahead” is that they’re always opening up old wounds as though they happened yesterday. If you’re going to get free, bury it. Make a decision that you’re not going to talk about it another time. As with Paul, focus all your energy on moving forward, having dropped the offenses, the guilt, the self-pity, and the hurts.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the freedom that comes as I drop the negative baggage from the past. Thank You that I can treat those things as dead and buried once and for all and focusing my energy on moving forward. I will become an expert at letting go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”