Let Go and Get to the End (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 335)
Philippians 3:14 (NLT)
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
We only have a limited amount of time, money, resources, and energy to do what we have been called to do in this life. Too often, we allow ourselves to get focused on what is behind us, what we have been through or are going through at the present moment, how someone has or is treating us or saying about us, or the environment in which we were brought up in, keep us back from focusing on the right things.
If you’re being held back by anything or anyone, now is the time to let all of that stuff go. You cannot press on to reach your goals until you leave behind everything that is holding you back. The longer you allow yourself to be held back, the longer it will take for you to reach that heavenly prize called glory. And for many people, they stay stuck in regret, bitterness, resentment, anger, frustration, and depression simply because they can’t handle change.
The Apostle Paul had been to hell and back in his life. He knew what it was like to suffer, to feel pain, to feel overworked and under appreciated. He knew what it was like to be misunderstood, thrown in jail, and left to die. He had been through everything a person could imagine going through. Yet he did not give up, he did not let his past experiences hold him back, he did not throw in the towel and wallow in bitterness and anger. Instead, he said, I let all that go, I leave that behind, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Since everything is limited including your life, I really do suggest that you make the most of every moment. Don’t waste not one minute focusing on your past or trying to change what cannot be changed. Focus on what is in front of you, where you are and where you’re going. Let go of regrets. You can’t change them. Stop wasting emotions and time holding on to anger, bitterness, and resentment. Stop trying to keep things the way they are. Things change; people change. You have to decide whether your life right now is worth living and whether the race you’re running is winning.
You can’t focus on the past and the future at the same time. God wants us to be like Paul. Let go of what is behind, of what you cannot change, of what is no longer beneficial to you. Put your running shoes on and face forward. Run like you’re going to win the race. Look for that heavenly prize that is ahead of you. You can choose to stay stuck in the things you cannot change, or you can choose to move ahead, to be happy, to be strong, and to win. God has a great future planned for you and He wants you to live it now.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
— C.S. Lewis