44. Forget the past

I was reading the Accountancy South Africa magazine this week and in the magazine they honored a couple of Chartered Accountant woman who is an inspiration to all women in the financial sector and actually to all women in general. One lady's testimony stood out for me. Her name is Mpho and she grew up in a very poor family. She herded the family's animals and when she had the chance she had to walk to school barefoot. Some days she didn't even know whether she was going to get any food when she returned home. But she had a very wise mentor that told her that life is like being in a car. The rear-view mirror is smaller than the windscreen, symbolizing that what lies ahead is more important than what is behind you. This inspired her and despite her horrific circumstances she persevered and didn't use her back ground as an excuse. She excelled and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has made her stamp on the corporate world.

Her story made me think. This is so true. The rear view mirror is so small compared to the wind screen in front of you. And that is the position we should give to our past in our lives. It should be a small part of our vision, something we can learn from, but mainly we should be focusing on the windscreen and what lies ahead.

The Lord also revealed to me as I pondered this that if you solely focus on the rear view mirror and only look at it you will most definitely go off course and you will leave the road and either make an accident and hurt yourself and others or go into the ditch on the wayside. You will not be able to proceed on the road planned for you. You will be stuck and still blaming the 'rear view mirror' for not guiding you properly.

We do it often as Christians, we use our past as an excuse not to strive and aim for higher heights as God planned for us. Joyce Meyer is famed by saying that your past might be an excuse of why you are the way you are, but it is no excuse to stay that way.

We as Christians are new creations, created in the image of Christ. We have the mind of Christ and our past do not have any place in our future, except to learn from it. Our Father is now our Father in heaven and He promises us all an inheritance bigger than we can ever imagine. He has a road all planned out for us and we need to keep on that road. Paul said:

"I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for what God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven." Philippians 3:13, 14

A prize is waiting for us in heaven, we simply need to focus and give our all in the race before us. Recently I watched the athletes perform in the IAAF world championships and one thing that stood out for me was that they gave it their all, their best, up until the finish line. They didn't give up, but strained to perform at their best, every muscle working in synergy towards their goal. And so should we. A mediocre performance is not good enough, being average is not good enough, we need to perform at our best and give it our all. God has paved the way, you just need to forget all the excuses you might have and run. There is a whole host of spectators that will cheer you on!

Dear Father, thank you so much for a wonderful future that we can look forward to. Thank you that You have a road all planned out for us. Please help us to stay on that road and not stray away due to excuses. Thank you Father. Amen

1 comment for “44. Forget the past”

  1. Gravatar of Ryno VisagieRyno Visagie
    Posted Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:31:05 PM

    The windscreen is always bigger than the rear view mirror. :)

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