Imagine running a race with a heavy backpack slung over your shoulders. Performing well in that race would probably be difficult and painful. Similarly, when you hold onto the past, it weighs us down and prevents us from moving toward what God has called us to do.
2022 has been hard, even difficult for many, but moving on is necessary for our well-being. It can be challenging, but God has given us several approaches for moving forward.
One way to approach moving on is to focus on the good. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
We are reminded by Isaiah: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Unfortunately, we can’t change our past. With God’s help though, we can start to move forward from what we’ve lost and focus instead on the healing He wants to bring. If we focus on what He’s doing, we have an opportunity to be a part of the good He has planned for us.
On this, the last day of 2022, focus on the future. God has said that He has "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Mike and Daphne