In Hebrews 12:1 Paul describes weights that so easily beset us. I know that can apply to many things but I wonder sometimes if one of those weights is looking back at the failures and mistakes of yesterday.
Looking back does nothing for the road ahead today. Just imagine with me for a moment that you are cruising down the road of life in your car. You become distracted and find yourself gazing long into the rearview mirror totally doblivious to the road ahead.
Suddenly you look ahead--What might you have missed? How about an important road sign that would direct you to your destination. Oops!! That could mean lost! Turn around!!
Maybe you miss that garage sale sign--if you're so inclined. Again turn around!! You sure are wasting a lot of time.
And of course you might really miss something improtant like a car stopping suddenly in front of you! Oww!
The view from the rearview mirror has already been seen and you will most likely not see anything new.
In other words the most interesting thing that needs your full attention are up ahead. So in life we sometimes look long into the "the rearview mirror" so to speak at our past failures, mistakes , and disappointments and as we do that "car of life" is moving now and it is moving ahead.
Jesus never intended for us to dwell on our past failures, hurts, and mistakes. He says "Cast your burden upon Me and I will sustain you."
Is it past sin that is capturing your attention today? Isaiah 38:15b says for thou hast cast my sins behind my back. Psalm 103:12 says He has removed our transgressions as far as the east is from the west. He will cast all our sins in hte depths of the sea Micah tells us in 7:19.
If you have confessed that sin and God remembers it no more than look back no more and fix your eyes upon the road ahead where you may have an opportunity today to witness to someone else about how your sins were forgiven and how they can have that same experience in their life.
Is it a past hurt hat bother you today? THese go deep and at anytime something might trigger this pain. What to do with it? Malachi 4:2 says "he has risen with healing in His wings" appropriate that healing of that memory and ask HIm to heal it!
maybe it is a broken heart hat you just can't seem to leave behind --read Luke 4:18 Jesus says that He has come to heal the brokenhearted. beleive that He will heal your hurt--perhaps not right away but He will and turn your eyes on the road ahead and see if you can alletviate someone else's hurt today.
Perhaps past failure has you glued to that rearview mirror. My mother always siad "you can't cry over spilled milk" Thank about why that is---Yes it is gone for good just like your the things in your rearview mirror. You can't change it so look ahaed to this day when you can for today make a difference in someon's life or not make that same mistake you made in the past again because now your eyes are fixed on the road ahead.
So lay aside that weight and drive.
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