Saturday, October 3, 2015

Burying The Past

Penn State players were hurting a few weeks ago.  They lost a football game to Temple and were deeply bothered by it.  So they did something to put it behind them:  They buried the film of the game in the ground at their practice facility.  One member of the football program said, "We just wanted the guys to know that we're not going to dwell on the past."

I like that!

Sometimes we fail in life.  We make foolish choices and do dumb things.  I have, and so have you.

When this happens, we have a choice:  We can dwell on our failure and beat ourselves up over it.  Or we can learn our lesson, make necessary amends, and then move on with life.

I like what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13 - "But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead."  What a good way to live!  The past needs to be buried and put out of our minds.  Today is a new opportunity to live better and be more of what God has called us to be.

Do you have a hurtful past?  Confess it to God and repent of it.  Receive His life-changing forgiveness, which will free you from the shackles of shame and guilt.  And then move forward with your life in His strength.

Many thanks to Penn State for reminding us all of a vital truth:  Sometimes we need a burial of our past.  There's just nothing good that comes out of dwelling on the failures of yesterday.

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