Paul records in Philippians 3:13-14 “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.” People tend to drift between tow extremes when considering the past, Some believe that past is nothing and say “just suck it up and move on” others believe that the past is everything and blame the failures of today on their shaping influences in the past. They argue, “I can help it, it is just the way that I am!” We need to develop a biblical theology of the past on a practical, understandable level. While we are not to allow the past to control our present, at the same time we need to learn from our past so that as we make decisions in the present it will make for a better future. Our past is simply the accumulation of events, choices, responses, habits, attitudes, desires, feelings, and beliefs that frame the patterns, interpretations, and routines of our lives today. We need to learn that as we learn from the past it will help us as we “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God” God wants us to use our past to make us better in the present. “forgetting the past” has more to do with not living on the victories, of the past, and more to understand that our walk with the Lord is a day by day exercise of the will. We choose to do those things that bring glory to the Lord, and our decisions in the past do not help nor hinder us in doing it today. Todays victories are won, but submitting our will to the Lord by following the Word of God.