FORGETTING THE PAST AND MAXIMISING THE PRESENT
By DIGC16 September 2020
Until you forget the failures of yesterday, you cannot take delivery of the success of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.
SCRIPTURE: Brethren, 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. Philippians 3:13.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Until you forget the failures of yesterday, you cannot take delivery of the success of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.
From our studies earlier, we saw that wisdom is profitable for daily living. And we have been exploring specific wisdom tips for daily living. We noted that it is wisdom to put God first, appreciate Him always and prepare your ways before Him daily.
Today, we shall look at other things to do that constitute wisdom for daily living:
- Do not waste time lamenting missed opportunities and failures of yesterday.
Learn from the missed opportunities and failures of yesterday to live profitably today.
In Philippians 3:13, Paul said, Brethren, 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,
Forget the things which are behind. This is because until you forget the failures of yesterday, you cannot take delivery of the success of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. There is no future in the past; you don’t walk backward into the future. To go into the future, you must walk forward. The easiest way to waste today is to lament yesterday and worry over tomorrow.
- Be aggressively on the lookout for the opportunities and possibilities that the day brings.
Every day is pregnant with opportunities and possibilities. No wonder Proverbs 4:18 says, But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Truly, the path of the just is designed to shine more and more each day.
Psalm 84:7 corroborates this: They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Each day comes with fresh opportunities and possibilities. If there seems to be no opportunity or possibility at all, there is the opportunity or possibility of correcting what was not done well the day before.
So, be on the lookout for fresh opportunities. The truth is, what you look out for determines what you locate in life. There can be no manifestation without expectation. Expectation births experience. Those who expect nothing experience nothing. There are those who go through the day casually and usually as just any other day and so they see or experience nothing. Things don’t happen for you because you deserve them; things happen for you because you desire them. Things happen because you are desperate for them.
My counsel is, waste no time lamenting missed opportunities of yesterday; look out for fresh opportunities today.
Remember this: Until you forget the failures of yesterday, you cannot take delivery of the success of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.
- Refuse to lament over missed opportunities of the past.
- Be on the lookout for fresh opportunities of today.
- Fully deploy your strength to maximize the opportunities of the present day.
PRAYER: O Lord, I receive the grace to forget the missed opportunities and privileges of the past. Help me to locate and fully maximize the fresh opportunities and possibilities of today, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: WISDOM FOR DAILY LIVING.
QUOTE: When a person does not learn from the failure and success of the people in time past, he repeats history. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Hosea 7-9
AMAZING FACT: A colony of 40,000 ants is collectively as intelligent as a human being.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace not to waste your days be released on you now as you take delivery of the opportunities of today.