The Past Doesn’t Determine the Future

Do you want to change something in your life?  Do you want to lose some weight, eater healthier, start exercising more, or stop eating junk food?  Maybe you want to start studying the Bible more or start making it to Wednesday night Bible study.  Perhaps you want to find time to volunteer at the food kitchen.

We all have something we wish was different, but we just never get around to making it happen.  Of course, we’ve always got some excuse or another about why it doesn’t happen.  Why is this the case?  Maybe it’s a pre-existing condition, or genetics, or a really, really busy schedule.

I remember one of my friend’s senior quotes for the high school yearbook was, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Unfortunately, I tripped.”  While funny, we have to understand that the core of his quote really is the case – we all have to start somewhere.  We have to decide that we want to do it – whatever “it” is for you.

Dreams are what you hope for from life.  Goals are what you work for in life.  Maybe the dream of “it” is enough to motivate you to go another day.  Most people don’t deal in dreams, though.  They want to achieve the goal.  The truth is that most people don’t want to work for it, though.

But you can make “it” a reality.  Stop dreaming and start doing.  That comes with making the decision right now that you want to achieve it.  Your past doesn’t have to determine the future.  Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14:

13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Just a few verses later, he writes Philippians 4:13:

13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

If you rely on God, you can accomplish “it”.  It might not be easy, but He will strengthen you.  Trust in Him.  Rely on Him.  And give Him the glory.

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