I was listening to an interview yesterday with a guy who was a part of the True Love Waits movement. He said his biggest contribution to the movement was the phrase “from this day until. . .” Here’s the entire pledge:
Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to a lifetime of purity including sexual abstinence from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship.
He believes this was an important phrase because it deals with the present and the future, not the past. He commented that all we can do is move from where we are into the future and we can’t go back and change anything in our past.
I thought his comments rang true not only in the area of the True Love Waits pledge, but in all area of our lives. We probably all know people (or maybe we are that person) who won’t/can’t move toward a better future because of mistakes in the past. They could be things we have done or things done to us. We can’t change the past; we can’t undo what has been done. But we can commit from this day until…
That comment wasn’t the main crux of the interview, but really jumped out at me. God is in the business of taking care of our past. I just saw a similar idea on Facebook today: “Don’t remember what God has forgotten.” What we need to do is commit from this day until . . .