A recent column in the newspaper made an interesting observation: “There is a reason why the rear view mirror in your car is much smaller than the windshield. Where you are going is more important than where you have been.” I paused my newspaper scan for a few moments to reflect on the statement.
The Apostle Paul’s words came to mind, “…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV). The wisdom of this scripture has been a guiding principle for me across the years.
While past experiences may have helped shape who we are today, we must not be a prisoner to yesterday. We need to leave behind past failures and fears that cloud the possibility of future successes. We must not dwell on negative memories. Herman Melville wrote, “Those who are solely governed by the past stand like Lot’s wife, crystallized in the act of looking backward, and forever incapable of looking before” (White Jacket).
We need to move ahead! We ought to be “reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” A Cherokee Indian Proverb says, “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” Each day, we can build on previous accomplishments and positive relationships. They are foundational experiences for future success. Every day lived successfully in Christ gives us confidence for tomorrow. Scripture assures the forward-looking soul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).
Are you a ‘rear view’ person or a ‘windshield’ person ?
~ Brother Roy