Our beloved Vauxhall Zafira died recently and we have replaced it with a larger vehicle. Our new car has nice big wing mirrors which are essential when you are on larger roads and you need to change lanes or if you are trying to reverse into a parking spot.
When driving, rear view mirrors are important but if you only look in them rather than looking ahead, then you will crash.
You see, rear view mirrors are only for glancing in and I think that our past should be the same.
We can look back at our past and be really grateful for the good times, but if we look back and fixate on the past then we make it difficult for ourselves to live well in the present.
Sometimes we look at our past and only focus on the painful times. Thinking about how we have come through or being grateful for what we have learned is healthy but if we look back and fixate on the pain of our past as being the thing that defines us then it will make it difficult for us to live well in the present or to consider the future in anything other than pessimistic terms.
Where are you looking?
Where are you focused?
I hope that we can mainly look around and look ahead whilst occasionally glancing back.
Jesus taught that he had come to give his followers life in all of its fullness.
Jesus wants us to live well but this requires that we just look back at rather than trying to live in the past.
Are we looking backwards or forwards?