Recently we bought our grandson a new bicycle. This was a monumental moment for him as it would be his first opportunity to ride a bike without the aid of training wheels. I have to admit I had forgotten how hard it was to teach a kid to ride a bike! I mean, after-all, “It’s like riding a bike!” The problem is, first we have to learn to ride the bike!
I watched this little fellow stare at the bike and eventually mount the beast while continually pleading for me to assure him that I was holding on to the ride. It was odd to watch his action of trying to balance before he began to peddle. I continued to remind him that his best defense against falling was the offense of pushing the peddles. I knew this was true, but I also knew that he didn’t see things from my perspective. It took a few attempts and the occasional falls, but within 30 minutes he was riding his bike up and down the street. I was so proud of him.
This experience reminded me of a greater life lesson. We must keep pushing the peddles. In all of life we have to understand the need to get pressing on. Life is best lived as we move forward. Although past experiences are excellent points of reference we must never live in these experiences. Paul wrote the the Philippians,
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 (ESV)
The past is just that … the past. Where there is sin, confess it an move on. Where there has been failure, admit it, learn from it, and move on. We are called to live each day to the glory of God. We move forward one step at a time, one peddle push at a time as we move toward all that God has in store for us. When Satan reminds you of your past, you remember your future. God said to Jeremiah,
“For I know the plans I have for you, say the LORD. They are plans for good not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
This is the reminder that God is in control. Keep pushing the peddles and God will direct your way. Yesterday was yesterday and today is today. Keep pushing the peddles and move along with Christ and let others see Christ in you.