Live No Longer In The Past

There is a toy that I believe I have told you about. It is a small, carved, wooden bird called the ?Floogie Bird.? Around the Floogie Bird?s neck is a label reading, ?I fly backwards. I don?t care where I?m going, I just want to see where I?ve been.? Well sir, the?Floogie Bird has been copied by men, two, in particular. The account of their story has been recorded in a book entitled, ?Significa?. The account of their event happened in 1930 when James Hargis and Charles Creighton drove their Ford roadster backwards from New York City to Los Angeles and back. They locked their car into the?reverse position?so no one could accuse them of cheating. It took them forty two days of virtual non-stop driving and they rarely got above ten miles per hour. They even had an accident before they left New York but they kept right on driving. I can?t believe that they actually did this, but you know what they say, ?boys will be boys.?

?? The sad thing is that too many people try to live just this way, living their lives in reverse. Maybe they have encountered a failure of some sort, perhaps they were fired from a job, or experience a divorce, or had some other experience that they could never live over, so the rest of life is lived in trying to correct the wrong that was done.

?? Louisa Tarkington wrote a poem entitled, ?The Land of Beginning Again,? and it goes like this: ?I wish there were some wonderful place called the Land of Beginning Again, Where all of our past mistakes and heartaches, and all of our poor selfish grief, could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door, and never be put on again.? Most of us have wished for such a place from time to time.

?? I want to share with you an incident that happened in my own life that forced me to start looking for this Land of Beginning Again. It happened in one of my junior semesters at Baylor. ?One of my junior semesters?, you say? Hey, if you?ve been to college, then you know that a college semester can last a tad bit longer than a regular year. At any rate, I had, this is embarrassing, flunked a Civic?s class royally, which meant that I would have to repeat this course if I wanted to graduate from Baylor! I knew that going home that semester would not be?fun at all, especially when you take into account that Baylor was no?small-potatoes when it came to finances for classes. And facing my parents was something I really didn?t want to do. You might say that I wasn?t too tall to walk ?under? the door rather than through it.

?? But before I left my?Alma?Mater behind, a friend shared a passage in Philippians that said, ?Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.? (Phil. 3:13-14) My friend gave me a tremendous lift in my spirit! I knew it was going to be hard to ?face the music? with my parents, but now I had what I didn?t have before: the attitude that I needed to not only repeat that course, but to repeat it and this time pass it with flying colors!

?? Listen, I do not present this devotion as a magic ?cure all? to all?our past problems. Nor do I think that our past failures and tragic events can be conquered with one or two verses. But the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19?that ?My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?, and in Philippians 4:13, he says, ?I can do all things through Christ Jesus?which strengthens me.? Whatever past situations that we face that weighs us down, can, with the help of the Creator of the?heavens and earth, Jesus Christ, be met, tackled, understood, and conquered or passed through, because He walks with us through our toughest times. So, when you are faced with the temptation to give up and quit, or to run in the other direction,?remember that ?He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day He returns.? (Phil. 1:6) In other words, He will help us through.?So, hang in there and don?t give up!

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