Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)
Holy Spirit, When I was 16 with my first car, and the rearview mirror fell off the windshield, I quickly learned to focus on the bigger picture. Looking at what was ahead of me was far more important than what was behind me. While I’m thankful to have an attached rearview mirror these days and know how to properly use it, the lesson remains. It’s not the past that defines my future. My eyes are on Jesus. When I’m tempted to look in the rearview mirror for too long, and get bogged down and distracted by the past, remind me of my 16-year-old attitude: throw the rearview mirror in the backseat and concentrate on the road ahead. You’ve planned my way, so help me navigate it well, always focused on the face of Jesus. In His Name, Amen.