You Don’t Need To Look For Your “X”

I substitute teach often. This past week, I subbed one day and I joined some math teachers for lunch. We were talking about algebra problems and the fact that many times, in order to solve the problem, you have to determine what “X” is. The teachers chuckled that they are always looking for “X.” One teacher said, “I don’t want to find my ‘X’.” Most of us are like that teacher… we would prefer to leave our past… our “X” alone.
All of us have made mistakes in the past. Everyone of us. We are all human and no one but Jesus, is infallible. We all mess up. Don’t let someone make you think they didn’t.
So what do we do with our past? By God’s grace, we flush it and move on. Skip Bertman was the legendary Head Baseball Coach at LSU for years. He had a player once named Brad Cresse. Skip said of Cresse, “He has the ability to flush a bad at-bat and move on.” What he meant was, Cresse didn’t let one bad at-bat affect him the others times he went to the plate.
Ok, let’s use that metaphor in life. None of us are batting today… or at least, most of us aren’t but, we will play the game of life. So, we will step up to the plate of life today and take some swings. Ok, let’s say we strike-out. Ok, so you strike-out… flush it and move forward. Let’s say you hit a fly-ball… Ok, put it behind you and move on. Let’s say you ground into a double-play. Ok, put it behind you and move on. If we aren’t careful, a bad at-bat in our past can prevent us from hitting the ball in the future.
Have you gone through a divorce. Ok, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and move on.
Have you made some financial mistake? Ok, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and move on.
And the list could go on and on.
The apostle Paul said, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; all old things are passed away, all is new” (II Cor. 5:17).
So, today… you don’t need to start looking for your “X”… your past…The past is done… move on in the strength of the Lord.

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