It’s Your Move

Every day is a gift from God and we can’t take anything for granted. Every moment of life counts. As the Apostle Paul said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Either way, we win. Every day we need to live life. Don’t let a day pass without Carpe Diem – seizing the day.

Today I want to talk about It’s Your Move. Life really does resemble the game of chess. I remember growing up and playing chess with my friends. It was a fun game to learn. When you make strategic moves in the game of chess, you advance your position. Eventually, you can checkmate your opponent and win the game. Life is like that. Your life is like a game board. The strategic moves we make will determine whether we will chalk up more wins or losses.  In life, we want more wins.

Let me give you three key strategic winning moves you can make in your life today that can help you have more wins than losses:

  1. Forgive
  2. Forget
  3. Move Forward

Without trying to sound super spiritual, I believe that if we want to continue to move in the right direction, we can’t get stuck in unforgiveness. We have an incredible memory to be able to recall the people that have done us wrong in life. A lot of times, people get stuck in the area of unforgiveness. This could be with a marriage, a relationship, a child, or a co-worker. So many people can’t move forward because they can’t forgive. I want to encourage you of the importance of moving forward in your life.  Number one, you have to forgive. You have got to let it go. It’s not worth it! Don’t allow whoever that person may be to live, rent free, in your mind and in your heart.

Then, after you forgive, you have to forget. So many are unwilling to forget the bad things others have done to them or the bad things that have happened in their life…or, maybe, the bad things you have done. We’ve all made mistakes.  The Apostle Paul talked about forgetting those things which are behind. Too many people are trapped in the past because they’re stuck looking through their rear view mirror and they don’t remember the good things that are happening in their life. Instead, they are looking at only the bad things that have occurred.  We need to let those things go and know that what’s ahead of us is far more important than what’s behind us.  Granted, we want to learn the lesson of the past experience and learn from that failure that may have occurred in our life. These are strategic moves that are going to move you forward in life.

And the final thing you need to do is to move forward. There is really only one direction in life and that is one step at a time, continuously moving forward.   So, what’s the next step that you need to take to get unstuck and move your life forward?  What’s that next step spiritually? What’s that next step financially? What’s that next forward step in your relationships? What’s that next step in your career? So many get to the border of God’s full blessing in their life and they’re unable to take that next step.

You know, it’s crazy that the children of Israel wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years and when they came to the border of the Promised Land, they were unwilling to go forward! They had to take another trip around and around in the wilderness because they weren’t willing to take that step across the border into the Promised Land that God had for them.

So, what’s your next move? What’s the strategic move in your life that’s going to push you forward in the direction God has for you? I want to encourage you to forgive whoever you need to forgive; forget what has happened (Paul said to forgive those things which are behind, I press toward the quest of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus) and take that next step. Move forward!

I hope you have an incredible rest of the day. Don’t forget that some exciting things are starting THIS weekend! Palm Sunday! Churches all around the world are going to be celebrating Holy Week. We hope you will be a part of an awesome Palm Sunday service in your home church. If Trinity is your home church, then we look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Take care and God Bless!

Carl

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