“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:13-14.”
Whatever we continually feed will grow. The thoughts we continually think or meditate upon feed things into us that can grow to help or hinder us. If we feed our memories our past grows but if we feed our dreams, (our hopes, our imagination) our future can grow. To advance in our calling and purpose in life we have to forget that which is behind as we press forward. We forget the past in terms of its ability to hinder us or of our allowing it to stop what God has for us. Forgetting the past is so important that God emphasized the destruction of our past at the beginning of our relationship with Him, in our becoming new creations. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).” We need to forget:
Feed your spirit and mind with God’s dream (purpose) for your life. It includes things you can have (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10), the kind of person you can be (Romans 8:29) and what you can do (Ephesians 2:10).