One of my many “favorite” Bible verses is: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Hope helps keep our minds off past mistakes and potential problems. It is what makes joy and peace more than a pipe dream _ hope and trust in God make them a reality.
Connie Mack, after coaching the Philadelphia A’s for 50 years, retired in 1950 at the age of 87 having won more games than any manager in baseball history. However, he also lost more games than any manager in history. One of his secrets to success or at least longevity, depending on your perspective, is that he refused to worry. Early in his career, when he realized how worry was threatening to destroy his ability to lead — especially worries over past defeats — he forced himself to not worry about yesterday’s loss but to get busy preparing to win “today’s” game. He summed up it by saying, “You can’t grind grain with water that has already gone down the creek.”
That colloquialism might be lost on most of us, so here is the Apostle Paul’s take on it… “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Preparing for today helps keep your mind off yesterday’s failures and regrets as well as tomorrow’s uncertainties. Church, I assure you that there is plenty that needs to be done. So let’s give our attention to what is really pressing today … and then … press on. After all, the God of hope is at work in us _ that is if we are placing our trust in Him.