Have you ever stared too long into your rear view mirror and when you looked up you needed to slam on your brakes, so you would not crash? I have; just the other night in fact. I saw my daughter’s car coming toward me and as she passed I looked back in my rear view mirror. When I looked up there was a large deer about 10 feet in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes and avoided that crash. In life I have had many near misses and not just while driving. I have also had more “crashes” in life due to bad decisions than I care to remember.
For me, my bad choices seem to occur when I’m either stuck in the present or focused on the past. It’s like I am stuck in a loop of bad decision-making which causes me to crash and burn. These crashes have hurt me, but more importantly, they have hurt others. It is during these moments when I need to take my eyes from the rear view mirror and focus them heavenward.
The amazing thing is God knows every choice I have or will make. He knows, and He loves me still. God forgives, and He graciously allows me to start afresh. Sometimes the crash es have been necessary for me because without them I would not stop looking in my rear view mirror. I learn and grow from my choices with the hope of never repeating the same mistakes, however, I have not perfected life and I praise God that His Word says that is okay.
In Philippians chapter three Paul writes, “Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:12-14 (AMP)
What an amazing promise from God. I choose to accept His promise and obey His Word; I choose to forget what lies behind and press on toward what lies ahead. His promise is for me and it is for you. Will you also choose to accept it?
Kami R. Lobner