Marie’s Daily Verse: Blessed is the one    who does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners take    or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). DAILY DEVOTION. May 25, 2022Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me (Philippians 3:13, ERV).Paul reflects on his life and presents us with several essential principles. First, he understands that he is not perfect in his faith. He has a long way to go. We are in the same boat. We have not attained perfection, but we continue to strive toward that goal. Then Paul presents us with a weighty principle: forget the past. In my years as a mental health counselor, I spoke with many people who were paralyzed by their past. Parents or others had hurt them, and they could not move beyond the pain. They could not function well in the present because they could not let go of the past.Paul warns us not to let yesterday spoil today. He was always looking forward to opportunities that lay before him. The past is what it is, and we cannot change it. So let it go and see the opportunities that lie ahead for you. Forward-looking people see the opportunities ahead, and they continually make progress. Backward-looking people are stuck in the past and miss the opportunities that are in front of them.Father, I thank You that as I trust in You my past is forgiven. Help me to be a forward-looking person, looking for ways I may serve You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.