Have you ever left the house without your checkbook or grocery list—or even worse, without your driver’s license? Ever get amnesia when your spouse’s birthday or anniversary rolled around? Well, you know what they say: “The first thing that goes is the mind, and I can’t remember what else!” It’s amazing that we begin life forgetting half the time, and end life forgetting just about all the time.

It’s usually an embarrassing thing when we forget, isn’t it? Usually things we shouldn’t forget escape our minds first; things we should forget we tend to remember most vividly.

Take the past, for instance. Whether filled with the good, the bad, or the outrageous, the past is set in stone — nothing we do can change it. Therefore, we can do one of two things. We can dwell on the past and focus upon our failures and shortcomings; or, lest we repeat it, we can look to the past, learn from it, and move forward.

When we focus on the past, we cannot make any contributions for the future. This is what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to wallow in guilt and self-pity. He wants to put us out of commission for Christ.

Failure is not final. Let go of your past today. It will set you free to do wonders for Christ beyond your wildest dreams.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.