I have been looking at pictures of old friends and myself from the 70’s and 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 and the expressions captured in those pictures are priceless to me. I wish life had a rewind button so that I could go back to some of those parties and weddings, there are some things that I think I would change, if I could go back knowing all that I know now, but looking back just tugs at your heart until you get almost too sad to function. So instead of drinking another cup of coffee I decided to make my mind do something positive, so I worked on the lesson I am going to bring to the women’s meeting this coming Saturday!
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?
When Lot and his family were being rescued from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah they were told, “Don’t look back!” They took their belongings and started out of the city, but it tugged at Lot’s wife heart to leave her home and the town she loved and as she turned for one last look it turned out to be her last look at anything, ever!
We must look forward to what God has for us in our life knowing that 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 and was a Pharisee of the highest kind! I would say he 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 be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
The message is clear in both translations, there is no turning back!