Face Forward

    Don't look back because life is not taking you that way. Set your eyes on what's before you regardless of how tempting looking back is. 

    Your call in life will always be progressive and project you forward if you are willing to answer it. Looking back only holds you back. Face forward to the horizon of your future.

    It is tempting to look back when find ourselves less than content with what the present moment offers and we are uncertain of what the future holds. But we created to walk out this life by faith and not by sight so don't let your focus be on yesterday but courageously walk in the unknown glory of tomorrow for it holds greener and greater pastures for you.

    Many of us fought to get out of the fields of yesterday as they did not satisfy us and for many it created great hurt and unrest, and yet there is something about the familiarity that keeps us into small thinking and navigating our today in similar ways. We overlook that we serve the Almighty God who says that He is doing a new thing in our lives, but in order to come into it we need to first forget the former things to perceive what He is doing (Isaiah43:18-20).

    We also don't base success, how good life is or how capable and faithful God on our emotions or the weather outside, for even in the storms of our life God moves and does amazing things in our lives. For the storms of life hold the very training ground that prune and prepare us for greater feats that require us to leave our smallness, brokenness, and yesterday's intellect behind to accomplish the greater purposes of tomorrow that God has for us.

    Looking back is simply a distraction that gets us stuck. Stuck in regret, stuck in guilt, stuck in shame, stuck in fear, stuck in doubt, and it plants our feet in where we have already been instead of freeing us to move forward.

    In Genesis 19, Lot and his family are escaping Sodom, and God directed them not to look back but to moved forward to the future and the land that He was providing to them. All of the family obeyed and escaped, except for Lot's wife who was unable to go further as she was consumed with the past and turned into a pillar of salt. I wonder how often we are so consumed with our past that we too become a useless pillar of salt, unable to walk into the greater destiny before us that God generously and gloriously provides and directs us to.

    Don't make the mistake of being so stuck in your yesterday that you can't live your today and never capture your tomorrow.  Just as yesterday ended where today began, your past is to remain behind you as you walk forward in the horizon of the present that brings life to the hope of the newness and beauty of the future for those who are facing forward to gaze upon it. 




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