Devotions, Sports

Forgetting the Past

Read: Philippians 3:3-14

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.  Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:18-19

The call was unfair.  You could see it in his eyes as he approached the referee.  It was the middle of the 2012 London Olympics men’s beach volleyball qualifiers and a point had just been scored against his partner and himself… an over-the-net block in which the competition had touched the ball before his team had been given the opportunity to defend.  According to the rules, the point should have belonged to him, but the ref disagreed.  The score stood.  Nodding his head, he returned to the court, his composure calm and controlled.  The ball was served, his partner set, and he slammed it over the net and evened the score.  His decision to focus on the present instead of the past had made the difference between success and failure.

I had to admit that my own performance in similar circumstances has not always been so stellar.  Frustrated by the unfairness of the circumstances in which I find myself, I often focus more on what is past than upon what lies ahead.  The result is always the same: instead of moving forward to glory, I end up tangled in a mess of further failure.

The Apostle Paul was aware of this and, in the book of Philippians, reminds the young church that whatever has gone before (good or evil) is past – and should be left in the past.  God had something new planned for Israel and He has something new planned for us as well.  Our duty is to keep our heads in the game.

Thought for the Day:  Am I looking towards the future with expectation or am I allowing prior failures to distract me from God’s plan?


4 thoughts on “Forgetting the Past

  1. I’ve heard that that is why the rear-view mirror is so small compared to the windshield: because although we may need to glance back, we need to keep our main focus on where we’re headed.

  2. deirdret says:

    I also find myself looking back at times. We can’t let that rule who we are. The hurts and trials of the past may have had an influence in who we are today, but since being washed in the blood of Jesus, we are everyday new creatures in Christ! Thank God for His tender mercies! I love your posts Anna! Deirdre (

  3. If you allow negative events in your past to define your present and future, then you’re definitely not living in God’s Will. God has an excellent plan for our lives. He wants us to live abundantly. “I know the plans I have for you, it’s for good and not for evil… to give you a future and hope…” Jeremiah 29:11. Miracles and Blessings!

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