When driving a car, the rear-view mirror is there for a reason. As a driver, you need to not only look ahead and check your sides, you also need to check your rear-view mirror on a regular basis so you can anticipate any issues coming up from behind and be ready to respond accordingly.
It’s different in our lives. Phillippians 3:12-14 says:
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Whatever happened in the past is exactly that – in the past. You don’t need to look back in order to make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you. If you belong to Christ, stop looking at your own rear-view mirror of life. No matter what you have done or been through, you are a new person, a new creation – the old life is gone. A new life has begun. You have the Spirit of God within you to help you – the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and has guided millions of Christians before you.
When driving, your rear-view mirror is great for looking at what is coming at you from behind. In your Christian walk, the rear-view mirror is only good for looking at where you have been and what you have come through.
Let me encourage you to take a glance in your rear-view mirror of life only to rejoice at where God has brought you to now. Learn from your past – both good and bad, and move forward. What is in your life before Christ is part of your story, but it’s not who you are now.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
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