The apostle Paul wrote, “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)

On the interstate, I strained to see the road ahead. High-beam lights from the pickup truck behind me shined through my car’s back window and reflected off my windshield and mirrors. I was tempted to check the mirrors, but I knew the brilliance of the light could momentarily blind me....

Today's Prayer
Faithful God, help us release our past so that we can focus on your plans for us today. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

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Today's Reading
Jeremiah 29:1-14

Thought for the Day

When I stop focusing on my past, I can move forward with God.

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