Mamma always said…
So this week, Ive been inspired by the greatest movie of all time, Forrest Gump. Now, I say it’s the greatest movie of all time because regardless of whether its your favorite movie or not (it’s actually not my favorite movie either, but I do love it), you at least like Forrest Gump, everybody does. Now it doesn’t hurt my opinion of it that Forrest played football for the tide either, but that’s not here nor there. The question today is all about moving forward, and looking toward the future.
Now, the way Forrest Gump inspired me, was, of course, through the immense wisdom of “Mamma”. We all know, that “Mamma always said stupid is as stupid does”, but in my own imagination, I feel like at some point “Mamma always said you gotta’ put the past behind you before you can move on.” Now, we are all faced with situations in our life that will alter the future course of your life based on the decision you make at that point. Of course, it can be good, or it can be bad, and we all make those “Bad” decisions now and again, especially in our youth years. I made a lot of those in my day. The challenge is taking the results and using them to fuel your journey in the right way. Its VERY easy to let these things push you farther down by dwelling on them, but if you take the experience, and use it as your knowledge to help others stay away from that mistake, the experience can be invaluable. YOU can be that person that someone can identify with and once someone identifies with you, they’re gonna listen to you a lot more and hear what you have to say. So make sure you tell them what has brought you to this point of your life, and what you owe to the Lord.
You probably hear the scripture all the time, but, it bears repeating for context, from 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away, behold all things are made new”. You’ve done all the hard work of screwing up in the past, but now they’re behind you, simple experience, but now you’re a new person with all the experience of forgiven sin with no work on your part whatsoever. So why aren’t we boasting in our weakness? SO next time you roll up on lieutenant Dan to give him some ice cream, let’s start handing out some burritos stuffed with the shrimp of Mamma’s wisdom and Jesus’ truth in love, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Today, I will close with the scripture. It comes from Phillipians 3:13-14.
13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Zach is a father, husband, and social media addict that describes his approach to faith as being a “Charismatic, Evangelical, Anabaptist that loves Catholic tradition, or just a plain old ‘lover of Jesus’ for short. He is the Youth director at Poages Mill Church of the Brethren and hangs out with an odd group he calls the “Holy Burrito Crew”.