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Many people would agree with Frank Sinatra who confessed in his “My Way” signature song, “Regrets, I’ve had a few . . . ”

If we were honest, all of us would admit to having regrets. Even the Apostle Paul had some, for he testified:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” (Phil. 3:13-14, NLT)

Regrets were part of Paul’s reason to forget the past. He regretted:

• His self-righteous efforts to try to earn God’s approval by being the best and the most law-abiding Jew (Phil. 3:4-6)

• His role as an official witness at the killing of Stephen during which he held the coats of men as they stoned Stephen to death (Acts 7:57, 58)

• His rabid persecution of Christians (Phil. 3:6; Acts 9:1-9)

But once he received the forgiveness and the life-transforming grace and presence of Jesus Christ, he willingly left behind everything—the regrets, the guilt, the self-righteous achievements and traditions—in order to experience:

• “The priceless gain of knowing Christ” (Phil. 3: 8)

• “The mighty power that raised him from the dead” (Phil. 3:10)

• God’s heavenly prize—becoming one with Christ (Phil. 3:9,14)

We, too, must be willing to forget the past and leave behind our regrets, guilt, and failures that haunt and impede us. As a forgiven people, we are encouraged to strip off every encumbrance that slows us down and trips us up—even pride in our accomplishments—and run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Heb. 12:1b)

Our goal in running and finishing the race is to be all that Christ Jesus saved us for and wants us to be. (Phil. 3:12)

So while others like Frank Sinatra face their final curtain by proudly or defiantly proclaiming, “I did it my way,” those of us who follow Christ will joyfully say, “I did it Christ’s way.”

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