If ever anyone had a past to be ashamed of, it was Paul the Apostle, but this was his confession in Philippians 3:13, “But one thing I do,” he said, “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Notice the words that Paul uses here: “forward”, “ahead” “onward” and “upward.”
One of the most exciting technological inventions of our day is GPS technology. One of the wonderful things about GPS devices is that they are full of grace and mercy. If the driver misses a turn, the GPS doesn’t begin to scream, and hurl insults at the driver. It simply says in a calm voice, “Recalculating,” and then begins to plot another course that will correct the mistake.
When we miss a turn in life, if we will stop, repent, and receive God’s grace for a fresh start, we will hear the gentle and gracious voice of the Good Shepherd saying to our hearts, “Recalculating.” He will then assign a new course that will get us back on track. It may require a corrective course, but that turnaround will come as we obey His voice. My friend, our God is a master at turning mourning into dancing and creating beauty from ashes.
So, if you’ve fallen, its time for you get up and follow the example of Paul. Begin moving forward, ahead, onward and upward in Jesus name.
This is Daniel Kolenda
encouraging you to live before you die.
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