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Keep Your Eyes on the Future; Not on Your Past

If you have children in your household, or maybe even if you don’t, I’m sure you’re aware of the “Frozen” takeover-and I’m not talking about the weather…My son, daughter, & all of their friends are mildly obsessed with the new Disney film and with it’s lovable characters, new-ish storyline, and incredibly catchy songs, it’s no wonder.

When I began “researching” and studying this topic, the lyrics to the film’s most notable song, “Let It Go,” kept popping into my head.

For the very few of you who don’t already know the lyrics, I’ll post the specific ones I’m speaking about below:

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small and the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all…I’m never going back; the past is in the past.”

I know this all seems a bit off topic, but visuals tend to help me picture things better in my brain. I am a very visual learner.

Distancing yourself from your old life (before Christ) allows you to gain a better perspective and know that you are where you should be to better yourself. And as I spoke about in yesterday’s post about being courageous, if we give our whole heart to God, cast our old desires away, and pursue His will for our life, we will have courage in all that we do because we have nothing to fear. [See post on being courageous here: https://proverbsmomma.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/being-courageous/%5D.

In the animated film, on the lyric “I’m never going back, the past is in the past,” Queen Elsa takes off the crown that is binding her to her old life and throws it as far as she can. She casts off her “old self” to pursue her new life.

Colossians 3:1-17 says:

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

God doesn’t want us dwelling on the past. We should be constantly growing and moving forward. We need to keep our eyes and thoughts on Him always and our actions will follow. If we are constantly looking to the past, we will miss what He is doing in our lives currently and won’t see the blessings that are forthcoming.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. 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.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”