Philippians 3:13 & Matthew 6:34 - Live Today For Jesus
Phil 3:13 (NLT) No, dear friends, I am still not all I should be, but I am
focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking
forward to what lies ahead,
Mat 6:34 (NLT) "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its
own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.
Live In The Present
It has been said that the depressed person lives in the past. The obsessive
person lives for tomorrow. The healthy person lives in today. Where do you
Those who choose to dwell in the past tend to focus on "shoulds" and
"coulds." What should they have done? What could they have done differently?
Some people look at their pasts, assume the future is going to be the same
way, and give up. True, some have had difficult past experiences, but God is
in the present and can make a difference.
We can deal with the past in the sense that we can forgive people and
forgive ourselves, but we cannot live the past over. This is not to say we
are to ignore the past. Some people figure they must never think about the
past; if they do, it must mean they have not forgiven those who hurt them.
This negative rigidity usually indicates that they really have not worked
through the pain to choose forgiveness. When this is the case, the patterns
from the past generally repeat in the present and. future. When people
"gloss over" the past, they get mired in bitterness,
The goal is not to push the past from our memories but to get to the place
where we are not embittered by it, where we do not dwell on it or let it
control us. Dr. Verle Bell [Passages Of Life SB]