How many times in the last week have you dwelt over missed opportunities or mistakes you made in the past?
In order to move forward, we need to deal with the difficult parts within us. Because every experience from our childhood to this present moment has helped shape who we are. What happens to you whether good or bad plays a vital part in determining how you will act and react for the rest of your life.
Forget what is behind and run forward without turning back [Philippians 3:13]. Paul encountered much throughout his life and ministry – from being ship wrecked to thrown into prison – his encouragement to us is to overcome the past and continue moving forward by establishing healthy practices. We all have memories, and that is where the past lives. If you allow the past to have power over you now, this means you are making a decision to choose the past over your present life.
Research has found a link between positive emotions and their effects on our health. Positivity improves cardiovascular health and boosts lower levels of stress hormones. Becoming optimistic and choosing to see the good in every situation helps you live a life that looks forward. Enhancing better mental health and the ability to cope with stressful life events too. When we are grateful for every moment and see this as a gift from God, we are more inclined to forgive others when situations catch us abruptly – enabling our reactions to be more controlled and not unexpectedly fly off the handle. We will actively find ways to count our blessings. With God’s word a daily compass to guide you when you feel stuck, you will be amazed at the guidance the bible has for every life situation!
Persevere by reaching towards the goals which God has called you to [Philippians 3:14]. The essential point of this is to pursue, chase and persistently try.
Maybe you have past hurts, failures and disappointments?
If your plan is to focus on looking forward, you have to let these go. You are unable to change the past, but God wants to move you into the future He has predestined for you. And if we are in Christ, then we become new and the old things are no longer part of our present and future. Instead replaced with anticipation and optimism that hinges all our tomorrows on.
Begin working towards becoming more optimistic and start looking forward. Despite the monotony that can weigh us down on the treadmill of life. Start today and take control of managing your emotions and choices. When you do, you create hope and eagerness so that you become excited about the future. You cannot recover your yesterdays, but God grants you the ability to win in your tomorrow!