I was baptized at the age six. Baptism was my way of making it clear to myself, the world and to my Savior that I was planning to live my life for Jesus. Until this day I go right back to that moment when I hear the song the church sang just before I went into the water…”I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.” “The world behind me, the cross before me…No turning back. No turning back.’ “Though none go with me, still I will follow…No turning back. No turning back.”
It’s been over forty years since then. I’ve had moments along the way that were not my finest. But I’m still heading forward. There have been times of joy and times of loss. But I’m still heading forward. Friends and loved ones have come and gone from my life. But I’m heading forward.
“…One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philipians 3:13b-14) The prize I reach for is to one day see my Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face. To lay my head in his lap, feel the touch of His hand on my head, and hear those words, “Well done, Michelle. Well done.”
Sometimes to move forward we must let go of what is behind. The past can be a weight that holds us back. Ever try running a marathon carrying luggage in each hand? How far would you get? How exhausted would you become? You may not be able to let go of the whole bag at one time. You may need to take out one item at a time that you can hand over to Him. With each thing you let go of you will feel a little lighter, a little freer.
If you found a letter that lead you to this site I’m glad you are here. If you would like someone to run along side you, help you as obstacles come your way, I am here. Tell me your story. Let’s move forward together.