We are in a Leap Year. Once every four years we add a day to the calendar so we are correctly aligned with the Earth’s rotation around the sun. A year is actually about 365.25 days long so adding an extra day every four years is necessary to keep our calendars accurate.

Six hours may not seem to be such a big deal. But after ten years without a Leap Day the calendar would be off 2.5 days, after a century a whopping 25 days. Over time the natural seasons would literally occur in a totally different time of year. Imagine summer in November.

Before the modern Gregorian calendar people used the 365-day Julian calendar created by Roman emperor Julius Caesar in 46 BC. He included a leap year every four years but his math wasn’t quite right - there were eleven extra minutes a year. This gradually shifted the calendar off course.

In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII’s astronomers identified the error and implemented the calendar and leap year system we use today. But since the calendar was off by eleven minutes for over 1600 years something had to be done to correct it.

The Pope decided that to bring the calendar up to date ten days would have to be removed from it. So, October 4, 1582 was followed by October 15, 1582. Ten days were removed from history forever! Whatever happened during those ten days is not part of the historical record.

It’s remarkable to think there are ten days in history that never happened. Imagine if you could choose ten days in your past and remove them from history. Ten days where your foolish decisions, immoral actions and hurtful words never even happened.

II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten and everything is new.” When we confess our sins and accept Christ into our lives, God forgives us and forgets our past. He gives is a fresh start, a do-over, a new beginning.

We are justified, meaning not guilty in God’s eyes. We have been acquitted, our record is clean. We can let go of our past regrets and refuse to dwell on them anymore. They are removed from our history and God forgets they ever happened.

Hanging on to the past keeps us from enjoying God’s blessings today. And blinds us to our future. Move forward and leave the past behind.

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