13.....but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
The other night I had a dream that I was driving down Bluebonnet Blvd towards Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. Every time I tried to look out my rearview and side mirrors to turn, I could not see anything. It was all blocked out, and I could only see what was straight in front of me. When I started thinking about that dream as a whole, I began to think about how we often look back at our past, and we are so focused on what's behind us that we cannot see what is in front of us. I want my vision to look forward. I do not want to constantly be thinking about what is behind me and consumed with all those things I wish I had done. I want to see what God has in front of me. So let's talk about a rearview perspective.
In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul says,
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 KJV
It is so important to live a life focusing on what's up ahead. When we are attached to things from our past whether, a marriage that failed, abuse that happened, an unachieved dream, or a loved one that died, we find ourselves wanting to live in that past. God wants us to change our focus and keep it straight ahead. It's not that we forget that we went through those things because we can take those things that we have gone through and apply them in a positive light to our future. We don't want to walk with our heads turned, looking at what used to be, or we will trip on the obstacle in front of us. When we look forward, we can see what God has in store for us.