“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 NIV
My past follows me. Sometimes it breaths right next to my ear, whispering like a lover. Other times, it gives me a bit more space and stalks me from afar. Even as I try to take off to grasp at my dreams, it’s the bog of muddy fingers gripping my legs and weighing me down. And it has to go…
I realize not everyone loves car analogies, but this one sticks with me. You can’t drive a car while looking in the rear-view mirror. You can’t go forward when you focus on where you’ve been. It’s an analogy that I’ve used so many times in pep talks both given and received. The more I talk to people, the more I realize that many drive their car while looking at where they’ve been, not where they are going. When you do this, you are destined to crash.
The past is over. You can’t change it. Yet, it follows us into our marriages, our interactions with loved ones, our self talk, and our belief systems. It reminds us of our failures, tantalizes us with time that we can never gain back, and mashes our faces in mistakes we can never undo. This is no way to live life!
So, the only thing to do is something drastic. You can’t trust yourself to just stop looking into the mirror of your past. Your eyes will always lead you back to where you’ve been – taking the focus off the amazing life you still have before you. You have to shatter the glass so there’s no looking back… And that’s what this site is all about… freedom!
If you struggle with your past invading your present, follow along as I explore ways to explode out of the past failures to gain new heights in your personal life goals.