Too many of us look behind trying to understand why our lives are the way they are. Sure we’ve all made mistakes that have cost us, whether it be monetary or personal. But how can you ever move forward if you’re always looking behind? How many of us are so set in our ways because of our pasts that we refuse to change at all?

With the New Year coming up, instead of looking back, decide to look forward. Live each day like it’s New Yearsyour last. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

If you’ve hurt people in the past, apologize then move forward. Whether they choose to forgive you is their decision, not yours. You can only try not to hurt others again. If you owe money to someone, make a point of paying them back even if it means paying them twenty dollars a month.

God wants us to look forward. If we keep looking backward, we will never change or get ahead. Philippians 3:13 says, 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 … We must focus on things to come in order to make our lives’ better.

How can you expect to ever get ahead if you constantly look behind you? Living in the past keeps you stagnant. It’s okay to visit your high school music, recall childhood memories, and stay friends with college buddies. But constantly bragging about that winning homerun or the woman who took all your money in that divorce does nothing to make you feel better today. You have to decide what it is you will do in our future so we can focus on moving forward.

One way to do this is to stay focused on God. It will make you a better person and others will want to be around you. Make 2013 the year you decide to read the Bible and be more Godlike.

Just reaching one person who sees a change in you will be worth it.

And may you feel God’s blessings throughout the upcoming New Year.

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