The past is real. The present is the culmination of your past. As for the future, you can make it up. The future has not been written and does not exist. The future of your family, career, or vocation is entirely up to you. Your world’s future is entirely up to you. You’re the only person who can determine what your future will look like. Your past is gone; past results do not guarantee future performances. You have to imagine the most optimistic scenario for your God-given mission. And act as if everything God told you is true.
One morning, a certain Bill Gates told himself he would embark on a mission to place a computer on every desk and in every home. Gates was making up the future outcome he wanted. A world where all offices and homes had computers. This was a time when most people saw little need for computers. If you look around today, you will see that Bill Gates won. If the future is whatever you make it, why not create an outcome that benefits and empowers you? Run with the most audacious outcomes your mind can conceive.
Your success yesterday does not guarantee your success today. Furthermore, yesterday’s failure will not prevent you from succeeding today. So, can we all agree that your past experiences aren’t as important as the possibilities ahead? Shimon Peres once said, “People prefer remembering to imagining. Memory deals with familiar things; imagination deals with the unknown. Imagination can be frightening – it requires risking a departure from the familiar.” You must learn to imagine rather than remember. Pray that the Holy Spirit will assist you in understanding the future that God has freely given to you (1 Corinthians 2:12). Every day, work with that mental image.