Don’t Look Back

14 04 2011

Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet.  This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:12-13

Have you ever walked with a small child who is not focused on where you are going? You may be trying to get to a destination but even though you are walking hand in hand you notice that the child is looking behind. It makes the walk more difficult and requires more effort until the toddler decides to focus on where you both are traveling instead of where you have been. This situation reminded me of my sometimes difficult walk in life when I dwell on things in the past. Focusing on the future is a hard task when we decide we fix our attention on things that are behind us. We cannot change what has already happened. While I can’t relive it, I can ask the Lord to help me with how I feel about it. I can ask and receive forgiveness from Him. I can give forgiveness to another who may have caused harm. We can even ask the Lord about wisdom that we don’t repeat mistakes. Each of these steps is a part of a turning motion to focus on our future. God has such an exciting future for each of us when we are fully focused on the prize that lies ahead. Decide today to turn our attention on the path in front of us and don’t look back.


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