Transition. Some people really like it. Some people really don’t. I’m among the ‘don’t like it’ crowd, but I have found that this doesn’t stop transition from coming. So here I find myself again leaving what has become cherished and comfortable behind to move out into the unknown. This scripture has really helped with that.
Not that I have now attained… or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of… and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus… has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:13-14, Amplified)
I was thinking about all this this morning. I thought about the things that lie behind. I thought about what might lie ahead. I found that forgetting those things that lie behind can be a difficult process whether those things are good or bad, but that it becomes much easier when you look at them with eyes of love.
When something in the past has been a bad thing, the memory of it will keep drawing you back. Back to the disappointment. Back to the pain. But when you can look at that situation with eyes of love, “I believe the best in that situation”, “I forgive myself and others over that situation”, that situation loses it’s hold. It will no longer draw you back, but you are free to forget and move forward.
When something in the past has been so good you don’t want to let go, once again look at it with the eyes of love. “I’m not afraid (love casts out fear) of letting that go”, “I’m not afraid of never having another season like that in my life again”, “I’m not afraid of losing all that I cherished. I sow it. I freely let it go.” Now I am free to forget what I need to forget and move forward.
It is only when we can look at our past with eyes of love that we can then turn around and see the future through eyes of love. I am not afraid of the unknown. I’m not afraid to let go and move forward because You love me. Now that I can forget, in love, I can now move forward in love.