Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 3:13-14
Are you living a life of “if onlys”?
If only I had made better decisions.
If only I had been brought up in a better family.
If only I had spent more time with the children.
Sometimes this “if only” thinking is projected onto others:
If only you hadn’t been so foolish.
If only you had made more money.
If only you hadn’t failed to understand our child.
“If only” thinking takes all of a person’s energy and emotions and hopelessly spends that energy on a destructive rehash of the past-through the dank marshes of what might have been. This focus is so all-consuming that it leaves you without strength or motivation to resolve the past and move on to achieve your future. . . a future full of possibilities that God puts before you, that He wants you to take hold of.
The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday. ~ Steve Maraboli
Father, please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; give me the courage to change the things I can; and grant me the wisdom to know the difference.