October 7, 2011 Comments Off on Connect Back, Connect Forward
For many of us today, it is our future that gives us the most trouble and long, sleepless nights. Wondering who or if we are going to get married, what our major will be, what to do after graduating, what retirement will look like, or how we’re going to pay the future bills piling ahead.
But before you can undertake your future, you must understand your past. Before you can take on what is ahead, you must put away what is behind you.
For so many of us, we allow past memories, experiences, and regrets shape our future goals and aspirations. Honestly, we let the past dictate how effective we think we can be in the future because we are scared to trust again, scared to love again, scared to take a leap of faith.
If your future seems overwhelming to you, I want you to remember this principle:
I can connect back to connect forward.
Connect your life dots backwards, remember where God has brought you from. Remember that even though it seemed terrifying at the time, God brought you through that difficult time into a greater meaning or understanding for your life. This idea isn’t just a blog post, but is a biblical example. Think about the Israelites, they were delivered from bondage but never connected back when they were in the wilderness and allowed their present trouble to ruin the promises God had for them.
Though the future may seem scary, though you may not know if this next date on friday will be your last, though you may feel like quitting, or you may not know what you want to major in – God does, God knows. Trust in Him, remember the faithfulness and goodness He has been in your past to propel you into your future.