Look Ahead To Go Forward

There are some critical things we must do to start over, but hitting the easy button isn't one of them. As we all know, starting over isn't easy. Starting over is hard. We remain stuck in the "if only I had done that, what if I had made a better decision, why won't everyone around me just change, or I'm just waiting for a brighter day." 

I uncovered an interesting dynamic while driving one day. I noticed the enormous difference in the dimensions of the rear view mirror and the front windshield. The little mirror showing me what was behind me and the large glass showing me what is ahead. The requirement in driving is stay mostly focused on what's ahead or die. Pretty simple.   

The same must be said for life. Stay entirely focused on what is behind you and die, or begin focusing on what is ahead and live. God says in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Wellness is straight ahead. 

With over 5 years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol, I fully understand the weight and the strength of the cables that bind us to yesterday. Our eating and weight might be out of control, relationships always in chaos, self worth tied up in Facebook approvals, constant poor thoughts or defeated attitude. Too much time staring in a rear view mirror and wondering what might have been. But wait, God has a starting over button.

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." - Isaiah 43:18-19. Sure we have things to learn from the rear view and that isn't to be discounted, but we have new life to live today, right now. Look Ahead To Go Forward!