“Don’t Dwell On Past Failures!”

Philippians 3:13, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Recently, I read an article about common characteristics of people who are generally happy. As I looked at those characteristics I realized that each one came straight out of the Bible; they just didn’t give the scripture references. This week, I wanted to give you those 5 biblical principles that will make you a happier person. First, “Don’t dwell on it!” Too many people dwell on negative events in their past. They just can’t seem to move on and enjoy their present.

The Apostle Paul wrote this about our past; he said, “…I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal… Paul is saying, “Don’t dwell on it!” Happy people move on from their problems and failures, they don’t harp on them. They don’t keep talking about them; they move on to the goal which is ultimately found in a future with Jesus Christ.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D