The 24-Hour Rule

Philippians 3:13 - “But this one thing I do, forgetting...” 

After a touch and go, back and forth, high drama battle against a top 10 college team, Hugh Freeze, coach of the Ole Miss Rebels football team, finally came out on top.  It was the first time in decades that the University of Mississippi was on the radar for an important game.  Amidst the celebration and student stampede to take down the goal post, ESPN interviewed Coach Freeze right on the field.  They asked, “You just won one of the biggest games in Ole Miss history, what are you gonna do next week for an encore?”  His answer, “We have what I call a '24-hour Rule'.  We have 24 hours to celebrate a victory, or 24 hours to get over a bad loss, then it’s time to move on”.  

So many times when good things happen or when bad things happen in our lives, we have a tendency to dwell too long on either one of them.  Getting stuck in this place keeps us from focusing on what’s next, moving ahead, and becomes a deterrent to future success.  

In a sense, Paul invoked the “24-hour Rule” in Philippians 3:13.  First off, he says, “One thing I do...”  This tells us that it’s a really good idea to dwell on one thing at a time.  One thing that you’re good at.  One vision.  You may have heard it said, “If you want to steal a man’s vision, give him two”.  Two visions = di-vision.  

Then Paul says, “Forgetting those things which are behind”.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve assumed that this meant all the bad memories and mistakes we’ve made.  But this also means forgetting some of our greatest victories, and “reaching forward to the things which are before” us, and allowing God to do even greater things in our lives. 

Implement the 24 hour rule in your own life.  Celebrate God’s goodness, rehearse the wonderful works of the Lord, but don’t stay there and settle in and get comfortable.  Let go of past failures and tragedy and heartache, don’t let them define you, and certainly don’t let them determine your future.  What’s next for you?  What’s planned for later today?  What’s planned for next week?  What’s just ahead?  Where do you want to be next year at this time?  It’s your choice!