Looking back can be dangerous. Once unthinkable, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile on May 6, 1954. Forty-six days later, John Landy broke Bannister’s record. A month later, the two ran against each other in a matchup known as “The Miracle Mile.” Landy was favored to win, but he kept thinking as he ran, “Where is Roger?” Unable to help himself, just before the finish, Landy looked back over his left shoulder and Bannister passed him on his right. Landy lost the race. Looking back can be dangerous.
Speaking of his own race, the apostle Paul wrote, “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).
What past sin plagues you? Paul says, “Forget about it!” That’s easier said than done. How can we forget all of those things that hurt others and, worse, offended a loving God? We can forget about them because God has. Never open the filing cabinet of memories unless you’re holding the key of mercy. Your wrongdoings and guilt are gone because of Jesus. When it comes to your failures . . . forget about it!
Then strain toward what’s ahead like a runner reaching for the tape. By doing that you’ll be reminded constantly of God’s love, your purpose in life, and the home that awaits you in heaven!