On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man in history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Within 2 months, John Landy eclipsed the record by 1.4 seconds. On August 7, 1954, the two met together for a historic race. As they moved into the last lap, Landy held the lead. It looked as if he would win, but as he neared the finish he was haunted by the question, “Where is Bannister?” As he turned to look, Bannister took the lead. Landy later told a Time magazine reporter, “If I hadn't looked back, I would have won!”
Perhaps this is the case with many lives. The past can become the quicksand that keeps us from achieving our goals. Through the mercy of God we can find the forgiveness and love that frees us and allows us to begin a new life (Example: Paul - I Timothy 1:12-16), finally moving forward with life as it was intended to be.
Paul chose not to dwell on his mistakes; he refused to “look back:” “But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).” If you are hung-up with the past, come and learn how you can overcome all things through Christ.
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