I have been looking at pictures of old friends and myself from the 70’s posted on Facebook. In looking at the smiles and the fun, I remembered how young we were and how happy we were most of the time. It seemed that among our group there were no major problems…the kids were young, maybe the purse strings a little tight, but nothing major, the expressions captured are priceless to me. I often say I wish life had a rewind button so that I could go back to some of those parties and weddings, things I might, knowing all that I know now, change. But looking back just tears at your heart until you get too sad, almost, to function. So instead of drinking another Coke Zero, or a cup of coffee I decided to make my mind do something positive, what? I had bought a toilet seat that was too short for my oblong toilet and since the old one was broken, I had just put it on anyway. Yes I felt embarrassed when company came, but face it, if they didn’t know me well, they wouldn’t be there in the first place, so love me love my too short toilet seat…so I went to Wal-Mart and bought a new one, one that FITS! It is a “slow closer” which is nice when you have a thirteen-year-old boy in the house!
What is my point? Looking back is fun but all we have is today. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow never comes, what will you do my friend with your today?
We see from looking at the story of Lot and his family being rescued from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were told, “Don’t look back!” SO they proceeded to leave, but it tugged at Lot’s wife heart to leave her home and the town and she turned for one last look and it tuned out to be her last look at anything, ever! We must look forward to what it is that God has for us in our life.
Anything is possible; you think the doors have been closed? If so, God always opens a window…climb out of it and be free to be all YOU can be. The Apostle Paul was born as a citizen of Rome and had sat at the feet of the best teachers of that time learning all the laws of Moses; he was a Pharisee of the highest kind! I would say might have started out a little “self-righteous” but was quickly humbled when Jesus appeared to him and called him into His service. Once he met Jesus, he was never, ever the same! He suffered more than he had prospered and I know that he must have been tempted to look back. One day as he was talking to a crowd he spoke these words recorded in Philippians chapter 3 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. King James says it this way: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye were otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
However you read it, the message is clear, no turning back!
Whatever you do, eat your dessert first, and make the most of your today!