My friend’s car won’t go in reverse.
Over lunch a few weeks ago, he was telling me about this car problem and how it has put him in some interesting driving situations. He has to be careful to park in places that he can drive out of, ones that don’t require going in reverse. Not surprisingly, he is shopping for a new car.
One of my friend’s comments struck me, “Not being able to take my car in reverse has reminded me to not live my life in the past. I have to keep my eyes focused on what’s ahead, not behind.”
The very wise Pumba from The Lion King put it this way, “You need to put your behind in the past.” What he was trying to say echoed my friend’s thoughts – that we need to keep our past behind us.
They’re both right. If we live our lives while constantly looking in the rearview mirror, we will lose sight of where we’re headed. Too often, we focus on yesterday instead of looking ahead to tomorrow.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has called me heavenward.” -Philippians 3:14