Forgetting is the hardest part when you have already let go. Somewhere in the mind, there is a record kept. It pops up every so often. We have this memory bank that is alive and well. There are pros and cons with having this as part of our being.
We need to hold onto good things, retain moments, history, memories, knowledge and more. What about when the memories are unpleasant. Memories that you would like to delete completely. Or if they were pleasant yet you had to move forward by letting go.
We would like to forget only because we don’t like to feel like we are missing something huge in our life that is now gone. It would be nice to forget. Why feel such a loss like that? Yet why is it so hard for us to forget? Easier said than done, but it just takes so much effort. It is not an easy thing to inadvertently neglect to attend to, do, or mention something of great significance. It is not an easy thing to put out of one’s mind; cease to think of or consider when they are matters of the heart.
The Word of God tells us to FORGET! Just FORGET! Neglect! Don’t mention! Put out of your mind!
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. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Yet we are caught in these two worlds of past and present. Should we forget good things?
Even if they are good–they are in the past and we have to spend more time mentally on the FUTURE circle. Many times we can become prisoners of our past. Just because some memories were good, we also have to accept that they are GONE! For some situations we all experience going through some sort of grieving process. Family or friends move away, we move away, relationships end, school is complete, companies close, people pass away, animals are gone, children grow up and move out… all these things are part of the life cycle. A constant evolving is always happening, yet sometimes our minds get STUCK in a certain place! Some will think – but what if that is all I have left? What if it was something tragic that is hard to shake off? How do we move on successfully and fruitfully?
BUILD NEW MEMORIES
This is the time where we clean up our memory bank with new resources. Keep collecting new things and put your focus on that. Moving ahead. Moving forward. Living in the present. Living for your future. An eternal life is waiting for you, not a past life. It is a constant effort and a constant work as part of our daily renewal and growth. Even when it seems impossible to move forward, know that God will do it.
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
With Christ in our life, He makes all things new. It is our promise. This is our emphasis now. New things and a new focus.
PRAY PRAY PRAY
READ READ READ
DO DO DO
Everyday is a new opportunity for us to do something amazing. Go after something greater. Find it in God, in His word, inspirational books, music, fellowship and more. Whatever will take you to a better positive place –go through it. Don’t just live in the place of “yester-years”… now we have a new time to create something worthwhile. So when your past calls you to wallow in it – just do something different for yourself to make a new memory bank filled with God’s precious promises. When your mind runs into that moment and shouts, “Don’t Forget!” Well… we have to remember that God’s word tells us to forget the things behind us.
Smile that you had an experience.
Smile that you will have even more.