READ: Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
We all have made mistakes. We can look back and say, "I wish I never did that!" OR "I should have taken a different path." We can't change our past - it is BEHIND US and OVER WITH. Dwelling in the past - won't change it. Crying over the past - won't fix it. It's OVER, DONE, CAPUT!
Paul tells us what to do - he says, "FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ!"
But what does this mean exactly? --- it means that we make a DECISION to NOT let our past take our attention from the present OR hinder our moving forward in the future. Maybe you made mistakes in the past - maybe even this past year, but a new year is before us and we need to be READY to put all of our focus on what God has in store for us THIS YEAR.
The devil will do his best to try to remind you of past failures and mistakes - but looking back only makes it more difficult to look forward. You have to LOOK in the direction that you are walking. God is ahead - He is your future. Put your trust in Him!