Like most people, growing up it was common to hear, “Son, when I was your age I used to…” The idea spoke of fond memories from the past. Do we remember the good ole’ days?
At other times we look to the past with regret over words or actions we cannot change.
Still, there are times when we look at the past with hope of greater opportunities for the future.
We cannot live in the past. As well, we cannot change it.
Our leadership is not about the past. It is about the future. Leaders do not lead people to where they have been, but where they need to go.
Paul knew the regret of words and actions of the past. He also knew he could not allow the past to dictate the direction of the future. Instead, he chose to focus on what lies ahead.
We, too, must remember the work of spiritual leadership. Do not allow the past to dictate our direction. Acknowledge it. Learn from it. Leave it where it is. We must be focused on the future.