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The Science of Simplicity: Start Looking Forward

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!

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12 Comments

  1. May 27, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    “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.” With serious focus on the Lord, we can move on! Thanks for these words.

  2. May 27, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Love this, it is so true! I have made a lot of mistakes and I learned and grew from them, God redeemed them and brought the best out of hard situations. The past is past and still it is what has formed me (with God’s grace), He is doing a good work in me. Some great quotes too. Many Thanks 8)

  3. May 27, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Amen! Encouraging and so true! “Chase and persistently try’ motivates me to run after what God has promised. Never give up!

  4. May 27, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    This also applies to successes as well as failures.
    When Paul wrote Philippians 3:13, he was referring to forgetting all his past accomplishments!

  5. Ava
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    May 28, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Great point Ava, thanks for sharing.

  6. Ava
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    May 28, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    There is so much to get excited about when we understand Paul’s enthusiasm. So true Marcie!

  7. Ava
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    May 28, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    Thanks Debra! I too have seen God’s redeeming hand and like you say – where would we be without God’s grace.

  8. Ava
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    May 28, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    So glad to share. Thanks Beth!

  9. May 28, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    I have read your post twice and each time it has encouraged me. A quote from your post that has me thinking is “Positivity improves cardiovascular health and boosts lower levels of stress hormones.” This is so important and a great reminder that we can have some say in our physical and emotional health if we choose to think upon “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). Paul goes on to tell us that this type of thinking will give us peace. Thank you, Ava, for your insights! Very needed and encouraging!

  10. Ava
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    May 28, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    So encouraged by your comments. Thank you so much Marcie!

  11. June 1, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    We are not confined by our past. God only cares about who we are going forward. Awesome word this morning!

  12. Ava
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    June 3, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    So glad you were blessed Brittany!

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