“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.” (Phil 3:13,14)
Do you spend too much time thinking about how things used to be, what you could do before, or how you wish you were like you were before? I know I have been guilty of that on many occasions.
There are things I miss about my life “before”, things I wish I could still do, people who moved on without me when I was sick, dreams I had for my life, that will never happen now.
Later this year, I will have been living with the problems associated with chronic pain, for longer than I lived without it. More than half my life is “since” my accidents.
It’s taken me years, and many tears, to accept the losses in my life and there are times when I still don’t seem to have found a peace about it – but mostly I have found that I can now be grateful for the many wonderful things that happened during my younger years, the people I got to spend time with, the things that I was able to take part in and the seeming ease with which I worked to achieve what I wanted.
Those things are in my past now – but God has promised that there are still goals for me to achieve. They may be smaller in some people’s eyes, but no less important in God’s view. These verses from Philippians remind us that we need to keep pressing on – not give up because we can no longer do the things we once could.
Prayer: Father, please help me to remember that you haven’t finished with me yet. Please help me to move on from the past and press on towards the goal you’ve set before me. Amen
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is learning to be grateful for the lessons God is teaching her as she lives with chronic pain. She likes to find time for reading, writing, travel and photography.