Moving Forward While Looking Back

It’s hard to move forward when I’m clinging to the past.  It’s hard to look the future with hope when I’m focused on what’s behind me.  It’s hard to be present, in the present, and respond rightly when I’m still wrestling with demons I refuse to let go of.  It’s hard to trust God when all I’m thinking about is what went wrong, what was lost or what’s missing.

Surely, I wouldn’t try to drive my car forward while I was focused on what was behind me.  Why would I try to live my life like that?

May I lay it all down at the foot of the cross.  May the Jesus Christ show me how to forgive and be free.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  – John 8:36 NASB

3 thoughts on “Moving Forward While Looking Back

  1. Knowing something is not the same as attaining it, and attaining it has the issue of retaining it. To be able to attain as Paul described … forgetting those things which are behind, and enter into our Lord’s rest is a continual process … in that my flesh and our enemy who is so able to attack me through it, constantly tries to pull my eyes away from our Lord and the abiding rest in him, keeping me from pressing toward the mark of the high calling in Christ.

    But always remember that without faith it is impossible to please God. And those of us who come to him must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

    Have a blessed day.

    • Hi Rollin,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing an encouraging reminder to abide in the Lord. Indeed, may we press on toward the mark of our high calling. May we walk by faith and not by sight. Let us be armed with the full armor of God daily.

      Lord’s blessings in Christ! Susan

  2. I LOVE the imagery of trying to drive your car forward while looking back … Oh the past is sneaky and I know I allow it to interfere with my daily life way too often. Some days I see everything through yesterday’s glasses … And it makes me blind as to how to manage today – the present – properly … I’m working on Faith, Focus, then Footwork as kind of guide when I need to regroup each day, with Gods help!

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