Leroy Brownlow tells about an elderly brother who often prayed at worship offering this petition.
“Forgetting the things which are behind, give us strength and wisdom to press onward to a brighter future. May we be a progressive, improving people. May our tomorrow–if there be a tomorrow–be a little better than today and a lot better than yesterday.”
What a wonderful thought, whether you’re young or old. It’s also a scriptural sentiment based on Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 3:13-14.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
As we gather for worship on this first day of the week, it’s a good time to start anew. Whatever troubles, cares, problems, or trials you may have encountered this past week, don’t allow them to hinder you from pressing on. Focus on a better tomorrow with the Lord’s help.
Today is a good day to put behind you whatever sins, shortcomings, or errors of judgment you may have committed. Lay them at the cross. Don’t drag that burden into this week. Be done with it. And move on.
Progressive. Improving. Better. That describes discipleship. It ought to be our daily goal. And our lifetime objective.
A brighter future, however, depends on what we do today. And so in the words of Teresa of Calcutta, whose life was spent in sacrificial service to others, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman