Looking In the Rearview Mirror

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We can all look back at our past and see why we are where we are today. Living poorly may have either have caused us to work hard to live well or just made us give up and think that is all we were meant to be…poor.

Maybe we lived in an abusive, alcoholic home and we have worked really hard not to have our own kids live in that environment.  Maybe our father was a vet and taught us to be proud of America, so we too stand with our  hand on our heart when the national anthem is played.

Go ahead and look back; we may understand more about ourselves with each glance.  Now, we should spend more time looking out of the windshield to see where we are headed.

“It is, in essence, “looking out of the windshield instead of the rearview mirror.  Think about that for a moment.  If you were driving a car and and all you did was look out of the rearview mirror, you could bump into things, run off the road, or could be fatally injured.  If you just looked out of the windshield and never checked your rearview mirror, you might be hit from behind and not see a potential danger approaching.

The same thing goes for our lives.  If we just look at our past and live in its issues, we cannot move forward in safety and strength.  If we only look forward, but not remember what was before, we could fall back into the same traps and patterns we were in.  The past needs to be dealt with, but not completely forgotten.  It is part of who we are, but it doesn’t have to have power over us or define us as we drive away from it.”  Does that make sense?”  (from Chained No More…A Journey of Healing for Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness)

This month on Chained No More Talk Radio, our guests are telling their compelling stories of where they came from and where they are headed today.  Our guest on March 14, is Tam Hodge, a young woman who lived through abuse, an eating disorder, abortions, suicide of her husband, drug addiction, etc.  She will tell her story of looking through the “rearview mirror” and then share where the Lord has called her as she moves forward and looks out of the” windshield.”  She is the author of the book, “And Now I  Choose” (amazon.com).  Please join us on Tuesday, March 14 at 2-3pm ET on www.toginet.com.

You can also download the podcast at www.toginet.come/shows/chainednomore anytime following the LIVE broadcast.

 

“Forget the former things; do not DWELL on the past.”  Isaiah 43:18

Friend, you may never be able to completely forget the past, but you do have the choice to dwell on it or not.  Think about it.  Set your negative past issues free and look out of the windshield with new hope and purpose.