The Myth of Moving on
(This blog was originally published by Jean-Marie Jobs on January 4, 2016)
Often I hear people use the expression “I’ve moved on” or “I’m moving on” usually I reference to a relationship that didn’t go the way they thought it would or wanted it to. I wonder, do we really ‘move on’? What I mean is, is it possible to leave something internal completely behind?
If I see myself as ‘done with that’ or somehow above or beyond what I’ve done, I’m in danger of living in the delusion I no longer need a Savior. It’s our nature to seek ways to indulge our self-sufficiency. Even the idea of forever being in need rubs us the wrong way!
1 Corinthians 10:12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
The Scripture speaks directly to our tendency to be ‘fixed’, have ‘moved on’ or to be without need. I certainly see myself in it.
Recently, I had the privilege of sharing my testimony for our church’s Christmas women’s luncheon. (stop rolling your eyes, don’t hate on women’s events J). As I shared, it occurred to me that the thinking which led to every bad decision I’ve ever made, everything I would say now was a stupid choice – still lives in me. For the most part I don’t act on it the same way or at all, in some instances. But it’s not as if I’ve gone somewhere and left it completely behind.
C.S. Lewis says it this way: “Being alive has privilege of always moving, but never anything behind. Whatever we have been, in some sort, we are still.”
So maybe we’re moving, but not moving ‘on’. Maybe we’re moving ‘with’. In Him we live, (move), breathe and having our being.