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I Can't See That, It's Too Far Away
By: Bernadette R. Griffin
Southwest Region Chaplain's Council
Philippians Chapter 3 Vs. 13-14
13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. 14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Isn’t it interesting how sometimes we find ourselves in places that may be a little off the beaten path and not exactly where we were headed or intended on ending up. Even though we may be engaged with comments and directions by the GPS, Siri or some other directional entertainment; we take our eyes off of the road, for a split second, to check something we feel is of utmost importance and when we look back up instead of looking forward, we sometimes look behind us to try and figure out the exit sign that we missed or a landmark that will get us back on track.
Well, we tend to do that with life in general. Our experiences, challenges, mishaps, disappointments, loss, broken-heartedness; all of these things shape our mindset and how we perceive ourselves and interact with others. When we find ourselves looking back and digging in to the past, trying to figure out how and why certain things did or did not happen or work out; we get stuck. We get stuck because moving forward and looking back can cause us to miss the directions of the Lord. When we miss important landmarks that God has set for us, we end up in places and situations that were not on our roadmaps for completion and success. Why are you looking back? There is a reason why your rear-view and side-view mirrors are small and your windshield is so large and that is because where you are headed is much more important than what you’ve left behind. If a man chooses to be honest with you, that is not because he has a splendid past.
Isaiah Chapter 43 Vs. 18-19
18: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
The good thing about the past is, it’s past. Who you are today is leading you to who you will be tomorrow and it is okay to look back once in a while but starring at it for a long period of time might make you miss what lies ahead of you.
Jeremiah Chapter 29 Vs. 11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
It is time for you to stop looking in the rear view mirror and instead, focus on the road ahead of you. If you do this, then you will not continually question what impact your past has on your ability to achieve success. Your mental mindset will focus on the clear windshield ahead of you and see a road of endless possibilities.
However, your windshield is huge, because you must have clarity and visibility in front of you to be able to drive your car and arrive at your destination safely. The number one rule of driving is to always keep your eyes on the road, and a clear windshield is extremely important. Both the rear-view mirror and windshield are very important tools to have, but looking ahead is a far greater experience than looking at what we have already passed by. Take more time to look through your windshield instead of focusing on your rear-view mirror.
2 Corinthians Chapter 5 Vs. 17:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Father God, it is in the name of Jesus that we come to you asking for direction, clarity, purpose and traction as we pilgrimage this journey of life. We thank you for your Grace and Mercy in your darling Son Jesus name. Amen
The rear-view mirror is smaller than the windshield, so, it’s time to forgive the Past!
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A Prayer for Health:
“O Lord, by these things men live and is all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me and make me to live.” Isaiah 35:16
Father God in the mighty name of Jesus, we pray that everything that is not of you be cast out. And let us be made whole, healed and restored in your precious name.
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“As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."
May the Lord bless and keep you abundantly as he promised now and forevermore. We know that his word is truth and he will never leave us nor forsake us.
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Dear heavenly father let us have peace and joy each and every day. For the joy of the Lord is your strength, Lord please keep us in perfect peace while we keep our mind on you.
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