The meme told a great truth, “There’s a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so large.”
We can’t effectively go forward if we’re constantly staring in the rearview mirror. Folks, we all have things in our pasts we wish were not there. Every single one of us. But once repented of, there remains no reason to look upon them any longer. You need not focus on my past mistakes; I need not focus on yours. Perhaps more importantly, however, is our need to stop reliving our own “stuff.”
If Christ’s forgiveness is to have a practical impact on our today’s and our tomorrow’s, we must stop looking back on our yesterday’s. He longs for us to take what He’s done for us and apply it to our lives NOW. Forgiveness of our sins isn’t something that benefits us only in eternity. It frees us today! Christ wants us, from this day forward, to look in His direction. We’re to fix our eyes on Him – the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). To do so we must look straight ahead…through the windshield.
If you must, cast but an occasional glance in the rearview mirror as a reminder of Christ’s goodness to you, then put the car in “Drive” and move forward. –Dave
…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…(Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)
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