I read an article last week for preachers about four things they should forget before they get up to preach. Preachers everywhere can relate because if we aren’t careful, these “monsters” will destroy our effectiveness in that 20-25 minute (45 minute-1 hour for some) opportunity. But in all honesty, these statements apply to Christians everywhere. Here are four things we should forget and my personal commentary for each:
1) Forget Your Sins
Refusing to forget the sins you’ve committed will prove to be detrimental. If you constantly dwell on how bad you’ve been, you can’t possibly dwell on how good God is. Don’t forget that you’re a “sinner” because that will make you a liar (1st John 1:10), but don’t constantly recall what God promises to forget (Hebrews 8:12).
2) Forget Criticism
We’ve all been deeply hurt by negative evaluation. There’s such a thing as constructive criticism, but most criticism isn’t constructive; it’s destructive. Therefore, don’t let criticism define you. God is still cheering you on.
3) Forget Mistakes
We all suffer from the foot in mouth disease. We all take turns being…well, for a lack of better words…dumb. That’s part of life. You’re going to make mistakes. There’s only one man in history that didn’t make mistakes and He was God in the flesh. Learn from your mistakes, but just like with your sins, forget them. You’ll be glad that you did.
4) Forget Successes
Surprisingly, this is the hardest one to forget. You’ve done great things in your life. We all have. But if you want to be “great”, keep doing great things. Don’t be a “has been”. Be a “still is”. As Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “…press on…” Your life isn’t over. Keep living it.
For as often as we remember we should also forget. Give it a try. You might find a greater sense of peace surrounding your life.