YOUR REAR MIRROR
�Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things
of old� (Isaiah 43:18 AMP).
�Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made
perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took
hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is
ahead, press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called
me heavenwards in Christ Jesus� (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV).
Recently while I was driving to my office, I was trying to go through a
by-pass to beat the notorious traffic jam from my home to my office. From my
vehicle rear mirror, I discovered that some other vehicles were also
avoiding the traffic jam. I was losing focus on my driving as I concentrated
on the rear mirror, then it dawned on me that the rear mirror was not
designed for long concentration. Indeed, anyone who concentrates on the rear
mirror of his/her vehicle while driving is heading for an accident.
Many people are also concentrating on the �rear mirror� of their life: their
past experiences. It does not matter whether these experiences were good or
bad. Such people allow those experiences to deprive them of the enjoyment of
the present and the prospect of the future. Such people would find it
difficult to face the challenges that accompany the enjoyment of the present
and the prospect of the future.
God, through Prophet Isaiah, told His people not to remember the former
things nor consider the things of old, their �rear mirror� (see Isaiah
43:18). The reason was that God was preparing to do a new thing in their
lives so great and wonderful that it shall surpass the former things that
God had done in their lives. In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul said categorically
that he would forget the former things and press on toward the greater thing
he was aiming at. He knew that concentrating on the former things could be
What is your own �rear mirror�? What is the former thing that is catching
your attention? Are you still concentrating on it? No matter how good or bad
the thing may be, do not concentrate your attention on it. Forget it and aim
for a better thing. The Lord will do new thing in your life, but do not let
the old thing deprive you of enjoying the new thing. Stop concentrating on
your �rear mirror�!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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