The Rushmore Report: The First Key to a Better Future


2017 is just three days away. If you are like me, you will set goals for the new year. If you aren’t like me, you’ll still set goals for the new year. There are many factors that go into having a better future: setting goals, a positive attitude, mapping out a plan, and perseverance. But in order to have a better future – and a spectacular 2017 – there is one step you absolutely must take first. If you do this one thing, you will be well on your way to a better future.

Do you want to have a better future and a great new year? Then do this one thing; it really is that simple . . .

If you want to have a better future, stop trying to have a better past.

There is a reason cars are made with huge windshields and small rear view mirrors. It’s good to glance back from time to time. We need to learn from our mistakes – or we will repeat them. What God has allowed in your past, he wants to redeem in your future. So it’s okay to visit your past; just don’t live there.

If you want to have a better future, stop trying to have a better past.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “One thing I do; forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called my heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). The fact is, we all have a past. Paul had a past – a horrible past. But he learned to “forget what is behind.”

If you want to have a better future, stop trying to have a better past.

Every success story has a past. For every Superman there is a kryptonite. No one wins every race, makes every deal, or gets the prize every time. We all have a past. As you look to 2017, you will be tempted to judge the year you can’t see by the one you can. But that’s not how God works. His name is “I AM,” not “I WAS.” God does not live in the past – why would you want to live where God cannot be found.

If you want to have a better future, stop trying to have a better past.

Don’t run from your past; just run toward your future. Nothing will help you claim your best future than a decision to not live in the past. Everything in your past – I said everything – will inform and bless your future. But it will never replace your future. God’s promise is sure – “I know the plans I have for you. They are plans to prosper you and not to harm you” (Jeremiah 29:11).

You can have a year like none other. 2017 can be your best. God wants it that way. But there is one undeniable step you must take first, in order to have an incredible future.

If you want to have a better future, stop trying to have a better past.


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