Moving Forward with Purpose
Moving Forward with Purpose
Philippians 3:13- Brothers and sisters, 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
Isaiah 43:18-19- “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
If we were to take inventory of all the negative things that happen in our lives I'm positive we can all come to the conclusion that life can be painful! But the mistake we make is dwelling and staying stuck in those places of pain.
Yes it hurt, but yes it can and will get better!
Daylight savings time comes as a reminder that we have to move forward. We know that seasons change, so what do we do to prepare for those seasons? It’s more than just changing the time on your clocks, or checking the batteries in smoke detectors. It’s an opportunity to do self-checks, which honestly we should do often throughout the year. What do we need to do in order to move forward, and with purpose?
Will we spend the reminder of our year or life focused on what happened in the past? I think we make the mistake of being so focused on the problem that we tend to forget that the problem got solved.
What do you need to let go of in order to move forward?
For me I had to let go of the toxic relationships that caused me to pick up bad habits. I tell people all the time that no one ever said it would be easy to let go of someone that you truly care about.
(Side note: Toxic relationships include family members too)
Self-control is necessary when trying to disconnect, as tempting as it may be to reach out, DON’T! You have to care about yourself enough to know when it’s the right time to walk away from toxic situations.
1) Is the relationship helping you to grow?
2) Do you even feel happy?
There have been plenty of times in my life I'll admit that I had the hardest time moving on from a toxic situation. But I'm so thankful that God sends reminders that no matter what we may have gone through He has so much better waiting for us. If we allow our minds to just be consumed with the negative things we will miss what He has planned for us.
Moving forward with purpose takes forgiveness, focus and faith.
There is no way you can move on from hurt if you choose not to forgive. It's necessary and freeing, don't allow people to keep you stuck because you don't forgive.
We face so many distractions in life, and sadly many of those distractions come from past hurt. How often do you check your phone throughout the day to see if that person who broke your heart has texted or called you? What you focus on manifests in your every day life, so if your focus is only on your hurt, then we will see the fruit of that. Focus on good things! In my last blog "Stay Focused" I shared on different ways we can stay focused on positive things.
It takes faith to get up and decide that regardless of what happened in the past you know that something greater is on the way for you. When you finally understand that you were born with purpose you can look at every situation with a different perspective.
Forgive those that hurt you, focus on the journey ahead and have faith that if you follow God's plan you will WIN!