The past introduces a number of challenges to life. Regardless of the good or the bad, our past often influences who we are and the direction of our future.
The only way to win with the past is to learn from it – good or bad – and use the lesson to help shape a better direction for the future.
For Paul, nothing was more valuable than knowing Jesus. The value of knowing Jesus gave Paul purpose and direction. He did not allow his past to dictate the direction of his future. Instead, he was able to reach forward with hope in the resurrection.