“One Thing I Do…”

one thing I do

by Dona Hake

Philippians 3:13 (ERV)
“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go.

But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and

try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.”

I love how Paul expressed his determination to keep his focus.  He admits he had a long way to go but he was determined to do two things and they were to forget and reach.  He understood that his past needed to be forgotten and his future needed to be reached for with great perseverance.

Many times we can get so hung up on our pasts they we are at stand stills.  It is sad to think one’s purpose and determination is robbed by their yesterdays. I always felt that there is importance in learning from mistakes or bad experiences.  These things can serve to help us learn and gain wisdom.  Wisdom gained from bad experiences or mistakes can be carried with you the rest of your life.  This wisdom is something you can embrace and pass on to others.

Many times in our journey in life you may come to a “dead end” on a path that seemed so promising.  Do not let that discourage you but rather seek the Lord and what He would have you to do.  I believe there are many times that “dead ends” on the paths that we walk are God’s favor on us and He is sparing us from a bad decision or mistake.  Sometimes you just never know.  One thing we do know though and that is that we need to keep moving forward.

“One of the greatest and most comforting truths

is that when one door opens, another closes,

but often we look so long and

regretfully upon the closed door that

we do not see the one that is open for us.”