|Elbert Hubbard, author of Message to Garcia, writes:
"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness. Successful people forget. They know the past is irrevocable. They’re running a race. They can’t afford to look behind. Their eye is on the finish line.
Magnanimous people forget. They’re too big to let little things disturb them . . . If anyone does them wrong, they . . . keep cool. It’s only the small people who cherish revenge. Be a good forgetter. Business dictates it, and success demands it."
Hubbard’s passion calls to mind the words of another writer from days long past. The Apostle Paul writes:
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way . . .”(Philippians 3:13b-15a)
How does one forget what lies behind when scarred by betrayal, guilt, conflict, disappointment, and bitterness? Paul exhorts us to:
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:31-32)
The only way to forget the past is to be preoccupied with the blessings of the present. Truly, those who have been forgiven the most really do love the most. It’s that simple.