This is the Day…Sunday
July 19, 2021
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But 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 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Micky Robertson stood out like a sore thumb the first time he showed up at my church. Micky was a short, thin, weather-worn man. His face was wrinkled with deep crevices and his hands were rough as a lumberjack. Micky walked with a noticeable limp and had a significant sized scar over his right eye. But all of these attributes were not what made Micky stand out. When Micky came into worship that morning, he was wearing a suit that was lime green with a yellow tie and a gentleman’s hat!
I watched as Micky walked down the aisle to a pew near the front. I also watched everyone else as they turned their heads to follow Micky. After he was seated, I went down and introduced myself. He was very outgoing and excited to be in worship that morning. My message that Sunday was from the verses in Philippians I have provided above. During the time of commitment, Micky came down to speak with me and have prayer. When he approached the front, he had tears running down his face. He gave me a hug and said, over and over, “I’m looking forward to what is ahead and forgetting what is behind.” Over the next few weeks, I discovered that Micky had many things to leave behind.
Micky had come from a very abusive background. His father was an alcoholic. His mother abandoned him and his father when Micky was ten. Micky ended up on the street by the time he was fourteen. He had spent time in jail twice for minor crimes, he had been shot during a drug deal that went bad and had struggled to keep a job for more than two weeks at a time. But now everything had changed. God was finally able to get his attention and now Micky was striving to rise up above his past and focus on what is ahead. “No more excuses,” he said. “It is time to live my life the right way.” So, Micky dressed to the hilt, worshiped with all his heart, and shared his relationship with Christ to anyone who would listen.
How easy it is for us to allow our past to dictate our future. Often our past is littered with mistakes, failures, and the guilt that is left over. Our past can become our personal baggage that we must constantly drag around. Certainly, it is important for us to learn from our past mistakes as long as we do not live our lives filled with the leftover regrets. Micky had learned that the way to a relationship with Christ is to recognize that past failures were covered in the blood. He said the blood allowed him to stop looking in the rearview mirror. The future is ahead, and the goal is to know Christ better.
Micky wore that same lime green suit occasionally. He also had an orange one that he wore in the fall months. He was a unique man, but his true testimony was found in his courage to rise above his difficult past and strive toward a future with the Lord.