This post will not be deep so all of you spiritual submarines can come up for air for a minute. What do you do when you go through rainy days? Days where clouds seem to darken the steps to the next assignment or place that God calls? You had a bad day, week, maybe even year. You got hurt, betrayed, disappointed by another. You were criticized, talked about, belittled. You disappointed yourself. You messed up, you did something stupid that hurt you or those you love. So how do you move on?
The first step is to welcome yourself to the human race—to recognize that to err is to be human, to sin is to need grace, to suffer is to share in Jesus sufferings. As David recognized in the Psalms, the pain will refine you…let it. Go over your past behavior, look over your regret, examine your betrayal and choose to learn from it. As John Maxwell says, “if you are going to fail, fail forward.” (not an exact quote, but close)
Then get up, and get moving: Literally… go for a walk, a jog, a good, hard workout. Get out your Bible, read of Gideon stepping up, or Moses seeing God use him after his failures, or David taking on Goliath. Then do the same. Make a new plan (I am on this one). Put yesterday behind you. “Take up your cross then follow me” as Jesus said.
Today is a new day. Your future is brighter than your past. So focus on your future, put your past behind you and remember… What you focus on, you get more of. Focus on the pain, you get more pain. Focus on the lesson, you get more future.
“Brothers, 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.”
-Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
The Son will shine again…