December 19, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Moving Forward

Note from the author: This particular Pastor’s Column represents a personal milestone for me. This is the 200th column I have written since I started back writing them.

I used to write them in the 1980’s but I took a hiatus and have only been writing them again for about four years.

It is hard for me to believe that 200 times now I have sat down at my computer to write about something that was on my mind.  

What is harder for me to believe is that you readers actually read my ramblings! Sometimes you agree wholeheartedly with me and sometimes you disagree vehemently. But it’s okay if you disagree with me.

After all, this is still America and you have the right to be wrong! (Just kidding!) Sometimes these columns are Spiritual in nature, sometimes they are personal, and sometimes they are political in nature. But they are always from my heart. And you can rest assured that they are what I believe to be truth.  

I always have an opinion – and just because somebody doesn’t ask me what it is – doesn’t stop me from giving it! So, whether you agree with me or not on a particular subject, I do sincerely ask that you please pray for me as I endeavor to continue moving forward with these ramblings. ~ Brother Aaron

Brother-Aaron-236x300Speaking of moving forward – did you know that the Red Kangaroo and the Emu are on the Australian Coat of Arms?  I didn’t either!

It is often claimed these animals were chosen because neither animal can move backward, only forward – i.e. symbolizing progress.

In reality both animals can move backwards, although only infrequently. In reality, as human beings we are like the Red Kangaroo and Emu.

We possess absolutely no ability to move backward. Oh, yea, we can walk backward, but that’s not what I’m talking about. We cannot live backward. We cannot change anything in our past. The only thing we can change is our future. I heard it said somewhere along the way that life can only be understood looking backward, but must be lived looking forward. How true!

I wonder just how many hours a year people spend obsessing over three phrases: “Coulda” “shoulda” and “woulda.” These are nothing more than distractions in our lives that satan uses to focus our attention on our past and rob us of the joy God intends for us to have today. So, regardless of what may have happened in the past, don’t get stuck there. Keep moving forward!

I was teaching a leadership class last week and told my students that regardless of whatever obstacles they may be facing, life can be summed up in three words: “It” “Goes” “On.” Therefore, so what if you make a mistake? Keep moving forward. I then related to my students the story of how the disciples failed Jesus during the night of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. They failed to watch and pray with Him for one hour.

The last time Jesus came and found them asleep, in essence, He told them: Boys, you blew this one. You failed this test big time!  But don’t get stuck here. Keep on moving forward. Your next test is going to happen momentarily. You can’t do a thing about this failure, but you can do something regarding what is about to happen!

Paul nailed it in Philippians 3:13-14(KJV) when he said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Remember, just like the Red Kangaroo and the Emu, we do not possess the power to backup. We cannot live life backward. We must keep moving forward!

Brother Aaron

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