But I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
(Today's words of encouragement are written by
a dear friend of Teen Mother Choices, Kevin Dyer.
Kevin is 80 years old and has helped people all over the world.)
When I was eighteen, I had one goal in life and that was to hitchhike around the world. I worked, planned, struggled, and sacrificed in order to accomplish my goal, and I reached it by the time I was twenty. I was so excited to see how the Lord helped me fulfill my dream.
Anything significant you do in life costs a lot. There are no cheap, easy ways to achieve goals. Goals are usually hard, often very hard, to accomplish. Paul spells it out clearly in this verse.
First, you forget the past. You made some bad decisions and you didn’t do things right, but now it’s time to forget your failures. You ask God for forgiveness, seek to mend broken relationships, and you move on. You must forget the past because if you don’t, it will only drag you down and keep you from reaching your goals.
Second, Paul says you must look to what is ahead. It will take hard work, spiritual fortitude, and plain grit to move forward positively. Although it is often difficult, it is tremendously rewarding to reach your goal. There is great exhilaration about accomplishing what you set out to do. I can remember the joy of finishing my
When you graduate from high school, get your first job, save your first $500, give your first gift back to the Lord, complete your first semester of college, or rebuild your relationship with your parents, you will have a real sense of joy as you start on your vision of a better future.
And the Lord will be your friend, helper, guide, and encourager as you make this journey. You have a great future if you forget what is past and look expectantly to what is ahead.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.