To See Or To Remember

October 22, 1998
by Kimberley Dubard

Philippians 3:13-14 – Forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the prize of the highest calling of God in Jesus Christ.

There's a story about a man who was slowly losing his memory. After an examination, the doctor said that an operation on his brain might reverse his condition and restore his memory. However, the surgery would be so delicate that a nerve might be severed, causing total blindness.

"What would you rather have," asked the surgeon, "your sight or your memory?" The man pondered the question for a few minutes and then replied, "My sight, because I would rather see where I am going than remember where I have been."

In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul made the same choice spiritually. His past, with its success and its shame, he chose to forget. He said that all that had been done before had the value of dung. What mattered to him most was keeping his eye on the goal of gaining Christ's approval.

That kind of mindset is one sure mark of Christian maturity. It's what God is working to develop in our lives (Philippians 3:13-15). We can't forget our past, or course, but we don't have to live in it. Any good we may have done is from God, so we can only be thankful. When we confess our sins, they are buried in the deepest sea. Let's not keep dredging them up.

What do you choose? To see or to remember?

I have come too far
I have come too far
I've come to far to turn around
A higher plain I've found
This I know, I'm going to make it
I can't turn back now.

Though the storm may rise
Though the wind may blow
I know the Lord is on my side
To comfort and to guide
I'm going to make it,
I can't turn back now.

Forgetting those things which are behind me
I reach to those things which are before me
I set my eyes to prize of the highest calling
Of God through Jesus Christ.

I have come too far
I've come too far to turn around
A higher plain I've found
I'm going to make it
I can't turn back now.

Prayer: Help me, Father, to truly leave the past behind me. Remind me that the life I led before we met has ended and I am truly reborn. I always ask that others see you when they look at me; help me to see the same. Amen.

About the author:

Kimberley Dubard
Arlington, Virginia, USA

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