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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)

By Hope Grizzard


I realize many times in our past, we have encountered things that caused heart pains with stress. Now, that we are older and should be wiser, some tend to “live in the past” and relive the hurtful memories with unforgiveness used against GOD’S people. Instead of pressing onward to happier times now and of the future, we make memories of remembering memories. Let us correct what we can, and what we aren’t able to do, leave this unto GOD who is capable of doing the impossible.

One of my immediate family members would be home, cleaned her house, and keep her mind going over some instances of her past which she would keep on her mind all day until one of us returned home from work. Then she would recite her day of recalling moments that were unpleasant.

When I got older, I felt this was supposed to be the way to live. Then I met JESUS and HE turned my life around to forgiveness. I went to people who had caused grief in my life and told them I forgave them. Later on, we became friends without issues to conquer.

I started reading the Bible with great hunger and thirst for HIS WORD and found this scripture: (NKJV) Luke 9: 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” My family lived in the spring and summer with plows in their hands breaking up the ground and planting. Should we have looked back to see the rows we had plowed, we would have a crooked or bent line where we just plowed. This is very visible to encounter. This did do a lot of changing in my life and I began forgiving instead of putting my hand to the plow of the past. What a difference GOD and HIS WORD made to me. We also learn from our trials and temptations of what to do honestly and those things that are not acceptable unto GOD.

Now there are memories of the times we grew up in physically and spiritually that we love to remember as it encourages us to carry onward and upward in faith. We cannot live off memories but we can rejoice in overcoming evil, an enemy to GOD is the Evil One Satan.

I have been inspired to write some lyrics that tells us “Beyond The Shadows of My Past, don’t look back and stumble onto the past, except the shadows of HIS Wings.” I have memories of the time I wrote the song and the memories were very pleasing to me and GOD.

Another one was, shortly before conviction, I had to walk about 13 miles to work for 16 shifts for two weeks and each step I took, and I had hate deep within my heart. This is the good memory, I was converted and walking the same distance and path, I heard wind chimes just singing in the breeze. This causes me to sing lyrics from a Christian hymn, even loudly at night, “I’m on the King’s Highway.” I had joy in my heart.

On way of looking forward is to have faith you are able to do the impossible with your faith in GOD who is able to do the impossible. Prayer changes issues, maturing, and growing to be a senior citizen. As we do this we are to rejoice in our results. Press toward that mark of high calling and run the race to the finish.

In proceeding toward the call of GOD, you will not have the time to look back and stumble onto the past. Reach toward GOD’S hand that has not been shortened nor caused HIS ear to be too heavy that HE cannot hear your cry of plea.

When two of my sons were young and inquisitive, they would look in the back of my head through my hair trying to find the eyes I had there to see them doing things behind my back. Sometimes I would think GOD did that for HE is an all knowing GOD>

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C D Swanson 04/26/12
Oh my heavens! This was such a powerful testimony, I felt the conviction and the love bursting forth through every line. Truth is so intoxicating to those who deliver it, and "hear it." I loved this amazing story.

I especially loved this: "Reach toward GOD’S hand that has not been shortened nor caused HIS ear to be too heavy that HE cannot hear your cry of plea." WOW! Thank you for this.

God Bless~
Genia Gilbert04/26/12
I like this message a lot. It is filled with a good take on life and on God's love and compassion. Thanks for writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/28/12
This is a perfect story for the topic. I'm not sure if this is a true story but I suspect that it is. It felt real and I could see the pain in the MC's eyes. Nicely done.
Lillian Rhoades 04/29/12
I love the thought and your illustration of "taking hold of the plow and not looking back." You need improvement in sentence structure, grammar and spelling, but you gave us many wonderful thoughts to think about.