I was driving overseas last year and I noticed that there was a warning etched on the rear view wing mirrors of the car. It said ‘Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.’
It was a warning based on a perception that things behind appear to be bigger than they actually are.
It got me thinking about how true that is.
When I’ve tried to look back over my own life on a bad day, I always tend to see a picture of the ‘good old days’, to which my wife quickly reminds me that they weren’t as good as you remember them.
My perception of what was behind is far too grand for what actually happened back then.
I forget that we were stony broke.
I forget that we had a lot of bad days made worse by bad people that wanted to take us down.
When I think about it now, I realise that what I saw behind me was completely the wrong picture.
I wonder if it’s the same for you?
For just as many people that look back with regret, there are those that look back with a desire to go back to the good times. It’s completely the wrong picture, in fact, no one that looks back has ever made a success of their lives.
Jesus had a fair bit to say on the subject too…
Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’
Make a decision today, to only look forward but with great faith and anticipation of all that God has in store for you.
If you feel like stopping and glancing behind, then be reminded that a runner only does so near the finish line to ensure that he has won the race.
If you’re in any doubt about the past appearing to be far greater than it actually was, then take the warning from Jesus and keep moving forwards in faith.
Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.