Look Past And Look Up
By: Pauline Lee
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I once talked to a man who was at the brink of making a difficult decision in his career. He felt he would risk his reputation and career history if he made the wrong decision - again. But he told me that this was a very tempting opportunity because it would catapult his career to help him reach his desired long-term goals. I felt he had locked himself into a corner, dwelt in errors of the past, and placed emphasis in a problem that should not even impact the decision in the first place.
Many of us are like the gentleman I describe. We tend to look at our past rather than LOOK PAST. We tend to focus on mistakes we have made, create our own comfort zones and avoid disapproval.
If we take a look at the life of King David, we know he was terribly inflicted by his son's illness but he was released of his agony when God took his son's life. How many of us are willing to be like David and release ourselves from the grasp of something not within our control (2 Sam 12:15-24)? We all have to live in the present and for the future. We cannot afford to look into the past and sore our lives with past mistakes that keep holding us back from achieving greater things.
Those who are able to LOOK PAST and LOOK UP to the Lord Jesus for strength are those that have emerged victorious. Jesus is the restorer of souls. The Lord will use your trials to draw you close to Him. He will not allow for trials to keep us in the past, to suffer and be tormented in depression.
Very, very true Pauline. I liked the way you played on the two mindsets - looking at the past and looking past. One query I'd make though is in the second last paragraph where you begin by referring specifically to rape victims. Because of the flow of thought in that paragraph, it actually gave the impression that Helen Keller and Joni fall into that category. Although both women are examples of people who have been able to look past (which is the point you were obviously making) it came across that they were also examples of rape victims. Other than that, a very encouraging article. With love, Deb