“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13–14, NIV 1984).
My Musings -We need not be defined by our past failures, but rather by our future calling. God will call us all someday. The question is will he call us heavenward or not? The “one thing” He will be looking for is whether or not we know His Son (been “born again”).
If we have been born again, our past failures have been wiped clean, our heavenward calling is assured. “Well done, good and faithful servant! Take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Matthew 25:21, 34, NIV 1984).
If we have not been born again, our past failure remains. Our doom is sealed. “You wicked, lazy servant! Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:26, 41, NIV 1984).
My Advice – I am not much into making New Year’s resolutions, but if you have not already done so, make the only one that really counts. Then you can “forget what is behind,” because He has.