Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
II Corinthians 5:17
Today is my grandson, Cohen’s, 4th birthday. We were sitting together on the couch this morning and Kayleigh was feeling nostalgic. Looking through pictures on her Instagram, she asked Cohen, “Can’t you go back to being three?”
“Nope. I’ll never be three again.” Cohen, matter-of-factly replied.
He gets it.
Cohen intrinsically understands the past is closed. He isn’t three, he’s four. He’s not a toddler, he’s a big boy. He often asks, “Remember when I was little?” because in his mind, he’s not little anymore. (I would beg to differ, but that’s beside the point.) Most adults don’t have Cohen’s childlike understanding. Rather than looking ahead as he does, we continually look backwards to validate our identity in what we’ve done, what others have done to us, or what choices (good or bad) that we’ve made. We are more comfortable with the familiar, even if the familiar is less than optimal.
Be More Like Cohen!
Think of the Israelites. When Moses was leading them to the Promised Land and things got uncomfortable, unfamiliar, or unpredictable they whined and begged to return to Egypt…where they were slaves. They were more willing to return to a known horror than face an uncertain future. Instead of eagerly anticipating the new and trusting the Lord to lead them into glory, they fearfully clung to what was past.
I encourage you, be more like Cohen than the Israelites. Don’t live in your history, your previous victories or your past defeats. Look ahead, to the territory the Lord is leading you into, the relationships He is calling you to create or maintain, the battles you are equipped for, the story He wrote. Leave Egypt behind.
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 Christ Jesus.