Discover Truth | Rae Lynn DeAngelis

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to move forward while looking back? I learned this lesson the hard way.

While I was walking out to my garage to get something, my husband asked me a question. I looked back to answer him but continued walking forward. The next thing I knew I was face down on the garage floor.

Through this painful and slightly embarrassing fall, God taught me a profound life lesson. Moving forward while looking back will not only hinder our progress, but it will oftentimes cause us to stumble and fall.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

I am reminded through this Scripture that moving forward isn’t an easy thing to do. The very words that the apostle Paul uses to describe the method of moving forward imply that it takes a deliberate action. He uses words like pressing on, straining toward, and taking hold.

It implies hard work and perseverance. “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” (Philippians 3:12).

Is the road to progress getting a little difficult to travel? Are you at a place in your Christian walk where you could use a little pep talk?

Take Paul’s advice. Forget the past, press forward, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Not only will He guide your every step, but He will also keep you on the right path and help clear the trail up ahead.

Keep moving forward, and don’t look back!