Your Future Is Ahead Of You



  …I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

My very first car accident taught me a lesson abo©iStockput driving and about life – you cannot successfully move forward while continuously looking backward.

 I vividly remember the day I wrecked my mom’s powder blue Cutlass Supreme. I begged her to allow me to drive the car to my job at a neighborhood store, with the promise that I would be very careful. Unfortunately, I was still in that stage of life (those teenage years) when impressing others was very important to me. While cruising through the parking lot, I noticed a group of friends staring as I drove by, so I turned to smile and wave. I never saw the other vehicle coming.

This is exactly what happens sometimes in our lives. We spend so much time looking back, focusing on past hurts, disappointments, setbacks, and even past accomplishments that we never see the “crash” coming until the damage has been done.  Many of our plans crash because we are more focused on our past performances than our future successes. Countless marriages end in ruins because one or both parties remain focused on “the way it used to be.” Many women suffer from low self-esteem, unable to love and value themselves because they are stuck, longing for the hour glass figures they once had. Too many of us never accomplish our dreams because we remain stuck in the “if I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda” stages of life.

What changes have you been waiting for, hoping for, and praying for? Are you focused on the changes, or is your focus stuck on your present state of being or even your past?  Decide today to leave your past behind and focus on the future.

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