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Forget the Past

Philippians 3:7-14 (NIV)

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


I served as my own sun in orbit circling ‘round myself, always seeking my own treasure — MY worth, MY fame, MY wealth.

But then my stars came crashing down and all I gained was lost.
My problems they all seemed too large. I could not bear the cost.

For self seems small when each day is done…
…in the perspective of God’s kingdom, on the far side of the sun.

Constellation grandeur, mysteries of the Milky Way, dwarf the details of my life and the toil of all my days.

My life’s work is but a shooting star, fading quickly. Few will see.
My all is but so little. Let God’s love be my legacy.
For love looms large when reflected from God’s Son…
…in the perspective from the heavens, on the far side of the sun.

The sun will rise. The sun will fall. May God’s big love make my self small.

From He who brought the stars to be, let God’s love be my legacy.

For each lesson that is taught and each battle that is won…
…how do our lives look from the far side of the sun?

Forget the past for a future beyond the far side of the sun.

Action Steps

Determine how you assess your worth. Is it based on the fleeting whims of the world, or on God’s eternal love? Ask God what steps you need to take so you can see your worth through His eyes.

Lord, Your grandeur can make me feel so small sometimes, so insignificant. It can make all I’ve accomplished seem so trivial. Please help me to forget my past pursuits that were focused on attaining the accomplishments favored by the world. Help me set my eyes firmly upon You, Lord, and Your plans and purposes lovingly crafted for me. May Your big love make my self small. Amen.