There’s a reason that the rearview mirror of a car is far smaller than the size of the windscreen. When moving forward in the car, you need an optimum view of where you are going. A quick glance up at the rearview mirror to see what is behind you is all that you occasionally need.
Likewise, as we journey onwards in life, we should only be taking a quick glance up to what is behind us, to see where we’ve come from, to see how far we have come. If we are safely and efficiently moving forward, then we cannot have our gaze fixed on the past, paying no attention to where we are going. Our vision needs to be forward focused. The rearview mirror of our lives should be far smaller than the windscreen of our lives.
Yet if we are honest, many people are bogged down in what happened to them and how it’s hindered their life, or maybe the opposite – they are stuck in “the good old days”, when things seemed better.
Proverbs 5:25-27 talks about watching where you are going:
‘Set your gaze on the path BEFORE you. With fixed purpose, look straight ahead, Ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you are going! Stick to the path of truth, And the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness’.
Maybe you know someone who isn’t in the best place in life at the moment. Things aren’t safe or smooth for them. Perhaps it is someone who you never thought would be in the position they are in now. Challenging life circumstances happen to all of us, but I’m talking about the kind of place where distraction, and choice got them there. Maybe you are that person.
This Proverb invites all of us, to be fixed, determined and sharp in mind and spirit about not getting distracted. Not even for a moment.
To stay forward-focused requires three things:
Stay the path!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.