Learning how to drive can be a stressful process. In my home state, most beginners must take Drivers Education. One of the first things covered is the importance of using our mirrors. We learn how to use our mirrors to parallel park, change lanes, and park. The most important is the rearview mirror.
The rearview mirror serves a multitude of purposes. It allows us to see the road we have traveled, to stay alert, and to prepare for upcoming dangers. Most would say it is important to check our mirrors with a quick glance every five to eight seconds. However, we cannot navigate well if looking backwards is our total focus. If we do this, we will miss the hazards right in front of us.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as laying hold of it yet, but one thing forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.~Philippians 3:13 NASB
We can benefit from moving forward with Christ as Paul did. The word “regard (logizonmai)” in Philippians 3:13 means “to conclude or make a calculation of something.” Paul had a clear view of himself, and did not compare himself to others, but rather he compared himself to himself from Christ’s mirror. What a great example of humility. He desired to mature as a follower of Christ. We should emulate Paul, desiring to move forward with Christ on the road of life.
Perhaps this is why the rearview mirror is relatively small compared to the windshield. Even the early inventors knew that where we are going is more important than where we have been. I like to glance at the progress I have made, and while nothing is wrong with this behavior, I must keep my eyes on the road ahead.
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.~Psalm 42:1-2 NASB
In the kingdom of God, Paul understood that we should never become satisfied with spiritual attainments, but rather, we must keep our focus on Jesus Christ’s will for us at this particular moment in time. It is almost as if we should have a positive dissatisfaction of where we are today so that we can progress even more. This dissatisfaction will help us strive to pursue Him with a passion.
Always striding–but not striving–to mature is the true mark of a disciple on the move with Jesus Christ.~Charles E. Maldon, Jr., author of In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage.
Always striding–but not striving–to mature is the true mark of a disciple on the move with Jesus Christ. Striding indicates we walk with long, decisive steps; in contrast to striving where we take great efforts to achieve something. The difference is the decisive action needed to produce a definite result. When we check the rearview mirror and are not satisfied with where we are today, but look ahead as the Apostle Paul did, we can concentrate on the “one thing” that leads to progress in our Christian life. As we focus on the road ahead, we can walk in God’s will for our lives today.
Here are steps that can help us keep focused on the goal in front of us:
1) The road we have traveled is behind us and will stay behind us. This is not a bad thing but no matter how we traveled before, we still have a journey before us. Embrace it and move.
2) The road we traveled is not meant to keep us looking back but encourages us to continue. The reward is in what is ahead not where we have come from. Allow Jesus to be our destination so nothing will distract us.
3) The view behind is small because what is in front is more important. There is always more we can strive for on this Christian journey, so keep going.
4) Embrace the untraveled road ahead and keep the rearview in the right perspective. May we always continue to follow Jesus’s leading and never be satisfied with where we are today, but focus on the road ahead.
Are you living life in the rearview mirror? How can you focus on God’s good plan that lies ahead?
Lord God, Help me to not compare the road I have traveled as a gauge of who I am in Christ. May I never be satisfied with attainments, but always seek You and the plan You desire for me to walk in today.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries, a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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