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00690 - Reaching For The New

The past, with its failures and distresses, can often hinder our progress and cloud our vision for the future. It's easy to become ensnared in what went wrong or what could have been, causing us to miss the opportunities that lie ahead. Isaiah 43:18 (GNT) says, "Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago."

This encouragement to let go of the past speaks to the necessity of freeing our hands and hearts to embrace what is yet to come. Holding onto past grievances or failures prevents us from reaching out to grasp the possibilities of each new day.

By doing so, we open ourselves to the growth and blessings God has in store for us. Letting go of the past isn't about forgetting it; instead, it's about moving forward with the lessons learned and a heart open to God's guidance for us.


You can embrace tomorrow when your hands are full of yesterday.


Father, thank You that I am secure with You and can move forward in confidence. Amen.

Action Point

It’s OK to reflect on the past and its troubles, but what does the future hold for you?

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(GNT) Good News Translation® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved. For more information about GNT, visit and

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