This morning at the St Georges Church in Cayman Islands, Rev Mary made the point that the rear view mirror of every car is small, in order to help us create a distance from the past while looking toward that expanse of light and goodness that is God, coming directly at us through the large windshield. I thought it was a great analogy and I turned it over in my head.
So often we dwell on the past – “things were so good back then,” “I was happy before,” “why can’t things be like they used to be, “back when xxxx,” “I used” “those were some good days/times,” “why did you,” If only,” “Why did this have to happen.”
We focus so much on the past that we lose the happiness of the now, of what we could fill our lives with today. By not keeping the past in perspective, we ignore the blessings of today, constrain our present and fail to see and grasp the opportunities and bright possibilities in our future.
When we resist change, we are living in the past. When we keep dwelling on what was, rather than what is and what could be, we are limiting ourselves. Life is not about hankering after what we cannot get back. It’s about making the most of today and planning and preparing for tomorrow to seize what can be ours.
No wonder the Bible says, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize.”
All our prizes of happiness and success are found in repositioning ourselves, reordering our lives, realigning our priorities and remaining open to receiving new blessings. But first, we need to glance in the rearview mirror and put what is behind in perspective. Then we must look through our windshield, press the accelerator and head toward our future.
Now Drive …..
(Liz-Nspirationals by Liz Thompson)
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