Anyway, continuing on with Philippians 3....
Next I would like to talk about verse 13-14, because its always been a favorite of mine:
...forgetting what lies behind and striving forward to what lives ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
I personally really liked the "Basic English Version" of this too:
..one thing I do, letting go those things which are past, and stretching out to the things which are before..
I like the word choice of "letting go" there because we all know that we usually don't actually forget our past, but I think we can all get a little something from the idea of letting go. How hard it is at times to let go of the past, the things hanging over us, whether
guilt, shame, fear, even sadness and grief. They often hang there and do not let me move forward to a closer relationship with Jesus....but I love this verse! A reminder that the only way to truly press forward and "win the prize" ( as stated in verse 14) is to look ahead! I guess its encouraging to know that that's what JESUS actually wants me to do! He wants me to stop dwelling on what is already done and move forward!
I liked what I read in Barnes commentary:
So, I am going to look over my day to day thoughts and see if I am holding on a little too tightly to anything from the past and if so, I'm going to try to sort those things out...