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March 14, 2017, 10:18 AM

The Windshield Is Your Friend

I got a lot of driving advice from my dad. Most of it was unwanted. When you are 16 yiou don't want some old man telling you how to drive every inch as you go down the road. He made me so nervous at times that it probably was almost counter productive to have him with me. But he did give me some great advice. He taught me to anticipate what people would do. This is great advice for avoiding accidents. The other thing he told me all the time was "check your mirrors." He wanted to teach me to have a good awareness of my surroundings so I could adjust and adapt to situations that can change in a heartbeat. 

You have to check your mirrors, but your best friend is your windshield. If you are going to be a good driver you have to be looking ahead. If you look behind you too much you will crash into what is coming up. Your mirrors are good, but your best friend in a car is your windshield. 

Everyone has things that are in their rear view mirror. 

Alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse, anger, bankruptcy, divorce...the list goes on and on and on. You have your own stuff in your rear view mirror. There is some benefit to looking back and remembering where you've been, but the most advantageous things you can do is look forward. 

The Apostle Paul had a lot in his rear view mirror. His job before Jesus got a hold of him was to stop this crazy out of control thing called, Christianity. He imprisoned Christians, killed them, and did everything he could to stop it. Then he gets saved in this incredible story that included literally seeing the light. He immediately starts preaching, but he has some major baggage. The Jews, his old friends, despise him for betraying them. The Christians, his new friends, are very skeptical and really don't want anything to do with him. He had a great friend named, Barnabas, who stood up for him with the Christians so that got better, but he was a man with a lot of baggage. 

Listen to his attitude about the past: 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Paul was not where he wanted to be in his life as none of us are. But he knew that he if he was ever going to grow he had to do two things: 1. Forget what was in his past 2. Strain toward the future. 

It's no different for us. 

1. We must get past our past. 

Our past is exactly that...past us. We can't change it, we can't alter it, we can't make it any better. So why would we waste any energy on it? Life is too short to let our future be held back by our past. 

2. We must strain into the future. 

Paul says  that strains into the future. He puts forward some exertion to make the future the best it can be. It's not easy to have a great future. There are a lot of adversaries. There are a lot of obstacles. Satan wants us to be drug down by our past and to be so busy looking in the rear view mirror that we crash our futures. 

In John 10:10 there are two clear objectives stated by Jesus. Satan's objective and Jesus' objective. 

Satan's objective is to destroy your life in any way that he can. One of the ways he does this is by getting you to believe who you've been is who you'll always be. In other words...NO HOPE. Hope is Satan's biggest enemy. 

Jesus' objective is to give you life...a full life. His goal is to give you hope. Hope for a future. Hope that your past is in your past...enough said. Your future is bright because Jesus is in it. Also...enough said. 

Your rear view mirror are helpful for a moment, but your best friend is your windshield. Keep looking forward and enjoy what God has coming your way. 


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