But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt. – Genesis 19:26
Yes, we are called to be the salt of the earth, but I really don’t think that was the type of salt God has in mind. And yet it’s what I’m most guilty of being.
I’m the “once was” queen. I’m the “look back” leader. I’m the “if only” gal, and my if-only’s always revolve around reclaiming the past.
I don’t mean to do it. It’s not a conscious choice. That makes it sadder, don’t you think? This unconscious longing for the way things used to be. Back when I was healthy. Back when I had energy. When I could drive and run and was busy as a bee. Those were the days, right?
But this thing that has happened to me, it’s only as tragic as I allow it to be. That’s the truth. And the looking back is inviting nothing promising or hopeful or right into my spirit.
There is still so much God wants to give me. So much He can do for me. So much me is still here. And I’m missing it all.
Today is the day I will remind myself once again that my eyes should be pointed in the same direction my feet are headed. And I’ll remind myself as many times as it takes in the weeks and months to come.
So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. – 1 Peter 1:6-7
See that? See where that joy is? It’s not behind. It’s ahead.
He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. – Hebrews 11:26-27
There it is again. And the HOW is there, too. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians 3:13-14
Pressing on, not pressing back. Focus. On ahead.
Won’t you join me?
Dear Lord, help me to keep my eyes pointed in the right direction. I know that my feet and heart will follow that focus, and I want it to be You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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