August 2020, Vol. 39, No. 8

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Moving Past It

posted on August 1, 2020

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Do you have one experience in life that you can’t shake from your memory? Try as you might to put it behind you, it won’t go! Perhaps you have more than one.

In the long ago, there was a man name Esau who thought so little of his “birthright” that for an occasion of food he gave it up. The Scripture says he “despised it”, that is, he held what was sacred as not worthy of him holding on to it at all. Later in his life, when it was expected that he would receive a sacred blessing from his father, the blessing was gone.

Did Esau have that one experience in life that he could not shake? Maybe he had two. 

Maybe our experience doesn’t rate to the level of the experiences of Esau, but they are still just as powerful in our memories and just as painful as we think on them. How does one move past it? This may be more difficult than you realize, but there is one thing you can do, one thing that is better at contributing to moving past it than anything else. 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:8).

Ron Thomas
Sunrush church of Christ
Chillicothe, OH

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