Sometimes I have nights when I have a hard time sleeping. As I try to fall asleep, I replay in my mind all of the mistakes I have made and the foolish things I have done and the hurtful things I have said. If I let this go on, the memories can make me feel so bad about myself. Instead of letting this “movie” play on in my mind, I can stop it by thinking of this thought conditioner:
This one thing I do, forgetting those things, which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:13-14
It’s so important for me to remember not to allow past mistakes to torment me. I can learn from my mistakes without dwelling on my failures. I do not have to let the past become a huge burden that weighs me down. Instead, this verse helps me to leave the past behind and move forward. When negative memories surface, I can imagine myself dropping each one into the trash. Then, I can replace each embarrassing memory with a positive thought about the future. This helps me move beyond my mistakes and reach forward to become the best person I can become.
I don’t want to become stuck in bad habits and unhealthy mistakes. I want to allow God to work in me to help me develop good habits and become more loving. I find that this verse encourages me to break free from my own self-doubts and fears. Grace can work in my life in ways more wonderful than I could ever imagine. I just have to free myself from my own self-limitations and allow God to help me move beyond my past mistakes. God has a high calling for me and I want to live up to that calling. I want to become my best self.