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February 12, 2017


“The Present Opportunity”


There is a saying that goes “there is no better time than the present”.  But what about our past?  Everyone has a past, and our lives are either positively or adversely affected by it.  This leads to our first question: What role should our past play in our present and future?


While preparing for this lesson, I sought to see how the Bible says to deal with our past.  And verse after verse, the same theme prevailed.  From Philippians 3:13 and Isaiah 43:18-25 to 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 1 John 1:9, the message was the same – move forward!  Yes, we can surely learn from our past.  As the saying goes, “if we don’t learn from our past, we’ll likely repeat it.”  But there was nothing that I could find Scriptural that says or even indirectly suggests that we should dwell on it!  Yesterday is gone.  And we really can’t assume that tomorrow will be ours.  So the certainty that we do have is that God has granted us today!


Hebrews 12:1, 2 says “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”   What is before us is the present.  We must seize the present opportunity.  We must be careful not to waste the present by dwelling in the past.  How many times have we wasted an opportunity because we were still crying or pouting over the ones we had already missed?  Don’t lose another day to days that are already gone.   And here’s another good discussion question:  Is it possible to have healthy reflections?  If so, how?  And consider this question as well:  How do we balance maximizing today while planning for tomorrow? 


REFERENCE SCRIPTURES: Philippians 3:12-16 / Isaiah 43:16-21 / 2 Corinthians 5:16-19 / 1 John 1:5-9

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