Don’t Look Back
- March 2, 2021
- Posted by: Carolyn Mahal
- Category: Devotions
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:12-14
Many people spend their lives looking over their shoulders, with devastating results. There is an old TV commercial that showed footage of a guy playing football with his friends. He is running a to catch a pass and his eyes are so focused on the ball that he totally misses seeing the telephone pole support wire that is in front of him, at least not until he has wrapped himself around it and flung himself to the ground. It’s funny but it also shows a spiritual truth.
Looking back has limited value. Remembering the lessons of the past will help us avoid repeating yesterday’s mistakes. However, dwelling on the past will only limit our opportunity to fully see what lies ahead, and it can ultimately prevent us from ever moving into the future. This is a challenge that many of us must face. We could spend hours talking about the wrongs of the past: the poor decisions we’ve made, injuries we’ve endured, even the victories we’ve achieved. Reminiscing makes for interesting conversation, but it doesn’t accelerate you down the path of your destiny. Paul speaks on this in Philippians. We must focus our energies on what is to come, not dwelling on what has been. The events of yesterday offer limited value today. Your team may have won the championship this season, but last season’s victories can’t be used this season. Similarly, the sins of yesterday only entangle us if we deny the forgiveness of the Father to work in our lives today. The far better choice is to move forward, constantly seeking the next thing God has waiting for us in every area of our lives.
Seek God’s aid and counsel in all things. Maintaining a forward thinking focus on what God is building in your life will help bring to fruition the blessings He has awaiting you. Let your past serve as the curb it was designed to be, but let the Lord lead your path forward into a future of fullness.
Devotion by Richard Schumacher
LSEM Director of Programs & Services