“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
One could be preoccupied with thoughts of the past, the present and the future. We are sometimes tempted to predict our future from the experiences of the past or the present. The truth of the matter, however, is that the experiences of today (or yesterday) do not determine our future, but our endurance in its exploits.
History has the records of great achievers (Like Thomas Edison) who once experienced failures but later became successful. The fact that someone fails today does not mean he is a failure in life or in the future. In fact, it is better to experience failure in doing something than to excel in doing nothing! The simple truth believers need to grasp is that if today seems unfavourable they should look forward to a favourable future without overloading the future with today's problems.
Ability to move forward and press on toward the mark regardless of problems and difficulties distinguishes winners from losers. The winner begins his success at the very point the looser gives up. The looser fails to continue because he cannot jump the hurdle, the winner uses as a stepping stone to his success. The looser saw the hurdle as a serious obstacle on the pathway of success. The winner however looks beyond the hurdle into a positive future and is excited to move forward whatever may be the impediment.
So then on the highway of success, the winner continues while the looser is pessimistic and the winner weathers the storms on the way while the looser is weary of the storms. Focus on a promising future also helps the winner to move forward. The looser however does not see the future but concentrates on seeing foes and failures which are enough discouragements to hinder his marching forward.
Come to the winning side today by looking away from mistakes, misfortunes and failures of yesterday. Look forward and march forward to a better future. You cannot change the past but you can determine the present by wise actions which will make for great achievements tomorrow.
Challenge: Any failure today? There is favour tomorrow.
Prayer: Help me Lord, to march forward above every obstacle to a good future.