rootbeer2Root Beer.  I love root beer.  Mug Root Beer is my favorite.  There is hardly any restaurant that serves this drink.     

Several years ago, I was told to stay completely away from caffeine.  It contributed to my heart racing and heightened anxiety.  (so did three small children, but I was not told to stay away from them!)  Good bye, Dr. Pepper…hello, Mug.

Sunday I forgot that we were eating with some friends for lunch and I was suppose to bring vegetables, so I went through the KFC drive-thru, discovered and bought a Mug, and several large servings of veggies.  

As I was driving to lunch, I was thinking about the friends I had visited with at church and remembered a particularly fun exchange with a friend who is also trying to lose some weight.  We talked excitedly about our fitness regime for the week and calorie allowance that would bring substantial weight loss in one week. We were going to call each other if we had the urge to overeat and we would report our success the next Sunday.  

I took a sip of my Mug and it hit me…  There in my cup holder was a glass full of several hundred empty calories.  This drink had no place in my calorie-restricted week.  I had already failed and it wasn’t even noon.  Now what do I do with 24 oz. of sweet indulgence?!  This was suppose to be a week of severe discipline and steely focus.  

It took less than 20 minutes for me to lose my focus.  I simply forgot! 

Philippians 3 says, “…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  Some things are so easily forgotten…keys, glasses, appointments, car lights, resolves of better eating habits, names of new acquaintances.  Some things are so difficult to forget…hurtful words, past failures, insults, arguments with family, sin.  

Paul encourages us to forget our failures and the wrongs that we have done and strain toward the prize that awaits us.  Our past can cloud our present to the point that we are ineffective in the kingdom.  We are a forgiven people.  We are given the example of Paul whose past could have haunted him his entire life, but Paul forgot the past and looked towards the future as a forgiven man.  We are told to do the same.  

As women who have been washed of all of our sins, let us forget what is behind and boldly face the future in His kingdom.  We are co-heirs with Jesus.  

Have you been able to forget what is behind?  Are you straining towards what is ahead?