Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?
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.
But Jesus said to him, 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'
Everyday heroes are forward thinkers. Forward thinkers are 'thinking about, planning for, or considering not just the immediate present but the long-term future' (Cambridge Business Dictionary). They consider 'the beyond.'
Beyond what? Beyond their tears, cheers, fears and years to God's promised conclusion. Such as?
Beyond tears comes joy: 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5), because God will turn your 'Mourning into dancing' (v.11). Therefore, thank God in the midst of your trials--and smile anyway.
Beyond cheers comes failure, unless God is The One cheering: 'Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it' (Psalm 127:1), 'For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?' (Mark 8:36). Therefore, thank God in the midst of your praise--and give Him the glory.
Beyond fears comes victory, 'For the Lord your God is He Who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you' (Deuteronomy 20:4). Therefore, thank God in the midst of your fear and move forward.
Because beyond years, beyond this course of hurdles we call life... comes a finish line. And beyond that comes real life: eternity. Therefore, 'Run with endurance the race that is set' (Hebrews 12:1) before you.
But remember: don't look back. Not at your own mistakes. Not at the mistakes of others. Not at your old life. Not at anything. Remorse and regret are part of your cancelled debt. Tear it up. It was paid in full by Jesus.
Because if you look back, you'll trip over the next hurdle--instead of flying beyond it. 'By my God I can leap over a wall' (Psalm 18:29). God doesn't lift second-guessers or backward-thinkers.
And one day when you kneel before God to receive your crown, hear these words: 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord' (Matthew 25:23).
Forward thinking is a requirement for godly success.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.