Monday Musings for January 01, 2018

Good morning, Musers… and Happy New Year!

Some of the best advice I’ve ever received (and I have received it often) is not to dwell in the past… and that’s almost a cliché, right? But I’ve heard it so often because it is easier said than done… and I need a reminder.

The thing is, when you reach a point in life where managing unnecessary burdens can kill production altogether, it’s a particularly good time to cash in on that policy… and I’m at that point!

It’s easy, too… I mean… Christians are supposed to forgive… right? That’s even in the Lord’s prayer! But what I’ve found is that forgiving someone is a good first step in letting go of the past emotionally, but it’s no guarantee. Forgiving someone and letting go of the issues emotionally are two different actions.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve counseled myself with the words “There’s nothing I can do about that… it’s in the past. So let it go.” … and I wonder if the Apostle Paul ever struggled with that kind of thing.

He was human, too… so he probably did! But he gave us this great piece of advice: forget what’s behind and strain forward… and I think that’s the trick. If you are straining forward towards certain objectives, then you don’t have the luxury of pulling the past along with you.

As we enter 2018, we won’t explode or anything if we look back to last year. Let’s just not make it our primary activity. We will of necessity pull a few things along into the new year. But the trick is to choose which ones carefully.

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