Another year has come and gone. I find it hard to believe that it passed so quickly but it did not pass without notice. There will be many comments and articles on the events that took place this past year. Most of you (or should i say the two of you who read this ) have already gone through the process of reflecting on your experiences from last year. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? What would you have done differently? This is something that we commonly do, but is it helpful? Does this process do anything positive for us? Not everyone shares the same feelings about the past, there are other opinions Is is possible to continue to move on in the current on life , mindful of what has passed but constantly moving towards a different goal?
The Apostle Paul writes from a different perspective in his prison epistles (Colossians, Philippians, Ephesians, Philemon) as well as his personal letters to Timothy. He is in prison …immobile…seemingly helpless. But he takes time to:
-Educate the saints in Asia Minor with the basics of the faith.
-Equip young believers and training for the ministry
-Evangelize the gentiles no matter what the cost
Paul was constantly moving forward. He was never satisfied with just seeing the status quo…Paul was always striving toward the mark… stretching out every inch (Phil 3). Anything that could be counted as an accolade or reason to stop and mark achievement is marked as less than worthless. The thought of being a Jew, a disciple of Gameliel, and even a member of the Sanhedrin was thought of a dead weight when it came to the importance of the inertia of the Gospel. Paul was also endeavoring to bring valuable people with him as the Spirit moved. Whether it was through ministry moment evangelism, spiritual assessment teaching or one on one discipleship; Paul not only made sure that he kept moving but strove to encourage others to do the same.
Pressing toward the mark
Forgetting the things behind
Counting the past glories, etc as rubbish
Not having time to argue with those who oppose the cause of Christ
Not giving credence to those who would waste time in foolish arguments or bunny trails.
I have to admit that i have spent way too much time thinking about things that have passed. I want to break through and engage with the people in the present since that the only time phase that i been given to live in. Forward momentum. When it comes down to it, we have to keep moving.