What is dragging behind you?

Philippians 3:13-14  “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Last night, I watched an old Kung Fu karate movie. The hero of the film was training for a big fight against his evil archenemy. Not what I would call an original plot.

weightsSome of the conditioning exercises the hero performed was to drag weights behind him and pull a cart while his master sat on the cart for added weight. This was meant to make his legs stronger and improve his stamina. When he arrived at the karate match, he left his weights behind.

Scripture tells us that just like the champion hero entering the match, we, too, are at some point to put down the weights. To forget the past in effect is to put down the weights.

Why?  Because carrying those weights will prevent us from performing at our maximum during the race that is before us.

Although there may be some benefit to reflecting on the past so that we can learn, there is a point that we need to shake off those weights. To not do so will hold us from being effective in the race before us.

Our thoughts of regret or failure about the past are weights that damage our spirit and mind. They keep us from paying attention to the future.  If we become resident in the past, it will not only hinder our performance, but it will also destroy our attitudes. 

Today, when you find yourself reflecting on mistakes of the past, see those weights for what they are. See yourself remove the weights hanging about your shoulders and tossing them aside.  Let them go.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti


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