Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Reviewing our past can sometimes be rewarding. As we get older we can look back on our lives and see our accomplishments and the ways God has led us. We can symbolically pat ourselves on the back and congratulate ourselves on a job well done. This can be a comforting scenario. But sometimes there are dark spots in the past that cloud the vista. Places which we wish we could blot out or have a second chance to re-do. We cannot change the past whether it be pleasant or unpleasant. But Paul reminds us that we do not live in the past. We must push on, try to learn from the past and create a better future. Paul could point to a life lived fully. When he was against Christians he lived his ideals with passion. When he became a follower of Christ he devoted all of his energies in proclaiming the Messiah. But in either case, he testifies that his goal is not reflecting or resting on the past. He is pressing toward a higher calling. However full and rewarding our past may be, we are called to live today with our full attention to glorify Christ.