“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)

Life is a race. It’s not a sprint, it’s not a relay, it’s a marathon. We have to keep running until we reach the finish line.

Paul knew this, and he knew that we could only move forward if we were looking ahead, and not behind. We have to leave the past just there – in the past.

We can’t get hung up on past failures, faults, or sin. If those things have been forgiven by God, He doesn’t remember them, and neither should we.

By the same token, we can’t spend so much time dwelling on past successes that we never move past them into the new areas God has set before us. We could probably all think of people we know who did just that – they never learned not to “rest on their laurels” and make tomorrow’s successes happen.

Either way, looking in our rearview mirror can be the undoing of the progress we’re making in reaching the prize set before us. Whether it’s failure or success, God wants us to always be moving forward – and looking ahead.