I remember one time the rear view mirror fell off of my car. You know the one that sticks to the inside of your windshield and allows you to see what is behind you. It’s just glued to the glass so sometimes they fall off. Anyways, the repair takes about 5 minutes, but for some reason I just couldn’t seem to find the time. At first it was really annoying. I was so used to glancing in that mirror to see what was going on behind me. After a while it actually became kinda nice. You see I got rear ended several years ago. Since then I tend to watch very closely the vehicles that are behind me. With no mirror to watch them in, I kinda forgot about them. I no longer worried about what was behind me. There were still those mirrors on the doors so I was still aware of what was behind me, but without that main mirror as a constant reminder I didn’t worry about it.
Sometimes our lives are like driving. We can get so focused on our past that we are barely able to move forward or to see what is in front of us. We all have mistakes and bad decisions in our past, but they are behind us. Like with the little mirrors on the doors we need to be aware of our past mistakes, but we can’t dwell on them. Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” There is value in being aware of our past mistakes, but we can not focus on them.
Imagine driving your car looking only into that rearview mirror in the middle of your windshield. Only ever focusing on what is behind you. When you do this you are somewhat aware of what is in front of you, but only slightly. You can’t see the dangers that are in front of you. You can’t see the good things or the bad things that you are coming up on. You can’t see clearly where you are going and can’t, therefore, make wise decisions about direction and route. It’s not a safe way to drive and seems ridiculous when we think about it.
It’s the someway in life. We can become so focused on our past that we can’t see clearly where we are going. We are so busy thinking about the things that are behind us that we can’t see the dangers that are ahead of us. We can’t see the good things coming either. It seems ridiculous to think about driving only looking at the rearview mirror yet many of us live our lives that way. We must be aware of our past mistakes or we are in great danger to repeat them. But, we can not focus so much on them that we can not move forward.
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”