For a lot of years, I spent too much time looking in the rear-view mirror of my life, because it was the easiest place to look. A certain sight or sound would trigger a certain thought and the next thing I knew, I was right back where I once was.
Sometimes rear-view reflections aren’t all bad.
Sometimes they are sweet, gentle reminders of sweet, gentle people we wish were still here to spend time with. Sometimes our memories bring back moments of our carefree childhood selves that preceded moments of our careless later-in-life selves.
Sometimes rear-view reflections aren’t all good.
Sometimes they are not-so-gentle reminders of times in our life that weren’t fun or fair or maybe all too frivolous. Sometimes our memories bring back days and times that we would just as soon forget, but that mirror keeps beckoning a second glance.
In as much as a rear-view look at the past can be a rewarding reflection, it can also be a dangerous distraction. (<====Click To Tweet)
There is danger in looking back when we aren’t keeping our eyes focused on what’s ahead. And if our eyes aren’t focused on what’s coming, our hearts and minds aren’t prepared for the road ahead, either.
Sometimes rear-view reflections keep us stuck in sin and shame that aren’t ours to keep.
There’s no more dangerous place to be, than rooted in guilt and shame for sin that’s already been forgiven.
If you’ve accepted Jesus’ invitation to life, you have a NEW life in Him and the mirror to your past has been blotted out forever, covered with His blood, washed white in His grace and mercy. And if you haven’t accepted, the invitation is yours, free for the taking.
There was a time in my life, even after giving my life to Jesus, that I had a very hard time accepting that I was wholly and fully forgiven. I had no problem believing that God could and did forgive other people for their sins, but mine were a different story…because I hadn’t fully embraced the fact that He was writing me a new story.
Once I exchanged the truth I have in the freedom of Christ’ forgiveness, for the lie that my sins were unforgivable, God turned my rear-view reflection into forward-view expectations.
When we begin to live looking forward, we live looking forward to life. (<====Click To Tweet)
Part of my new life ahead included dreams I had never allowed to gain ground, because I let fear of failure and insecurity in my adversities, muddy the path to their fulfillment.
Old dreams gain new ground when we let God take the wheel. (<====Click To tweet)
No amount of looking back can make way for what God has planned for our future. And what God has planned for our future is far greater than anything we could imagine. Don’t take my word for it, take His…
“…I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (Jeremiah 29:11b, MSG)
Yes, dear friends, we serve a God who knows exactly what He’s doing and who has just the right plans for each of our lives and the ability to see our hopes and His dreams for us fulfilled.
Always in His time, His will and His way are His plans best brought forth. All we have to do is trust and keep our eyes fixed ahead on him, not behind. Because although our future may be shaped by our past, it’s never defined by it. Our future is defined by our Designer and in Him it’s perfectly laid out.
Shared by: Meredith Bernard