The word longevity is of Latin origin and it means “long life”. Most of us think of longevity in relation to living on the earth a long time. There are other areas in our life where we need to be maintaining longevity. Perhaps you want to maintain longevity in your career, your marriage, your family relationships, etc. One of the areas I want to maintain longevity is in my running program. For any of you who have begun an exercise program, different way of eating or working on your marriage, etc and had difficulty maintaining it’s longevity….you are certainly not alone!
There are many tips and insights to staying motivated, but today and tomorrow I want to blog about the two key components that God is speaking to me personally. Key #1 is letting go of what is in the past.
Philippians 3:13-14 Amp says, I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
I want to take the lessons from past failures and learn from them. I am always asking people “how are you NOT going to go around this mountain the same way as last time?” If you did not maintain longevity in an area the last time you attempted something, then something needs to change. The past should only be referenced as a lesson and not as a tool to beat ourselves up. If I am focused on how I failed previously and can not forget it, then I will be setting myself up for failure, in my mind for the future.
I encourage you to sit with your Heavenly Father and ask Him to give you insight/instructions on how to do things differently this time around. He speaks to us in so many ways. He sends people to share what has helped them, He uses His word and of course, that still small voice. His word reminds us that His sheep hear His voice.
Psalm 16:7-8 The Message: The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I love this scripture. It reminds me to let go of the past, but never let go of God!