What Forces You to Look Back?

The other day I came across this quote Mandy Anderson had tweeted:

Don’t look back, 

you are not going that way!

The picture I see here is someone whose body is moving forward but whose head is turned back. It’s not a natural position for anyone moving forward. It looks awkward and painful. How far can you get when your head is turned back and you’re not seeing what’s in front of you? You definitely won’t move very fast.

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When I think about driving a car, instead of looking forward and concentrating on the road ahead, I’m occupied about what or who is behind me. I remember causing an accident once because I got distracted by looking at my kids who were fighting in the back seat.

What forces us to look back? What distraction do we yield to and thus lose focus on what’s important?

Everyone has a past whether you’re a baby or the oldest of adults. There’s no way around it. It’s what we do with the experiences of the past that determines whether we will move forward or not. It will also determine the speed at which we move forward.

Sometimes what we have left behind is supposed to stay there. There is a reason why it’s in the past. It won’t help us to move on when we keep on looking back. We can’t focus on the road ahead when our head is turned to look back.

The Apostle Paul writes to the people in Corinth:

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, 
but only one person gets the prize? 
So run to win!
All athletes are disciplined in their training. 
They do it to win a prize that will fade away, 
but we do it for an eternal prize.
So I run with purpose in every step. 
I am not just shadowboxing. 
I discipline my body like an athlete, 
training it to do what it should.
Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others 
I myself might be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT

The Apostle Paul compares our lives to a race. To get ahead in a race it requires discipline in training. It doesn’t only matter that we reach the finish line, but the process to get to the finish line matters equally.

As we start a new week I would like to encourage you to look forward, to “run with purpose in every step.”

What is distracting you and forcing you to look back?

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