Don’t Look Back!

Philippians 3:14 “…Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”

Everyday when you drive in your car you are facing a big windscreen in front of you that allows you to look where you need to go. You also have a smaller rear view mirror that enables you to see what is coming up behind you. There is a reason why the rear view mirror is smaller than the front windscreen. While driving, you are to spend the majority of your time looking ahead through the front windscreen rather than looking backwards through the small rear view mirror.

When it comes to our personal lives some of us have it the other way around. We spend far too much time looking out the rear view mirror at where we have been rather than looking ahead at where we are going. What about you? 

Are your thoughts dominated by your past or is your thinking focused on the future? We all have something in our past that we could get discouraged by and allow to steal our joy but we must not allow our past to steal our future. Thank God for the success of the past and for giving us the grace to come through the difficult circumstances of the past but we must follow Paul’s example and forget what lies behind so we can strain forward to what lies ahead.

In my own life, I’ve been reflecting recently on missed opportunities of the past but I cannot live there. I must seize the opportunities right in front of me today and make every moment count. God’s highest purposes for you are not in your past, they are in your future. If you keep allowing your past to dominate you, you will miss out on walking in God’s purposes for your future.

Lead the Change!

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