In 1985, Bruce Springsteen released the incredibly popular song, Glory Days.
It is about people focusing on their past, their glory days, instead of the future. They want to return to what was, instead of living in the present and moving into the future. But what we know is that’s a mistake.
As Sodom burned, Lott’s wife ran for her life. Even though she has been warned not to look back, she did. That’s what killed her. It wasn’t so much the physical act of looking back. It was the desire to go against God’s will and return to her old life, where everything was routine and predictable – a life she knew, understood, and enjoyed. She wanted to return to the glory days that no longer existed.
But for those who follow Jesus Christ, our orientation is never behind us. We are about moving forward into God’s future. Our glory days are ahead of us.
This is exactly what Paul meant by saying: “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.“ (Philippians 3:13b-14)
Today, choose to leave your mistakes, sins, and misadventures in the past. Don’t look back. Be intentional about becoming the person God created you to be. Move into the future God has planned for you. Move closer to your glory day.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today is a new day filled with wonderful possibilities. Help me make the most of this moment. Help me leave the past behind and move into your vision for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Being a follower of Christ means moving into the future. The good news is that God is already there waiting for us. We never walk the path of life alone. That’s a good thing.
The glory days are coming. The best is yet to be.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.