Not that I have already obtained this or and already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:12- 14 (ESV)
Paul had a goal in mind, to be more like Jesus. He had a plan. To forget the pain and hurt of his past. I never really understood what he meant by forgetting. In this instance, according to Warren Wiersbe, it means not to allow a past issue to control us.
When I read this, I thought about what he said, and it made sense to me. A lot of the things that caused hurt in my life were things in my past and most things done to me. I learned to let go. I had to even ask God to forgive someone for me.
It worked; I stopped feeling guilty about the events that caused our estrangement. I felt no shame about it. I could go on and make a life for myself, a more vital relationship with Christ.
I have heard that our past does not define who we are. As I grow older I realize that statement is true.