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Living in the Rearview Mirror

I’ve heard a saying before that your rearview mirror is smaller than your windshield because what’s behind you is smaller and less significant, than what’s in front of you. That was such a profound statement to me at the time because I was living my life while continually looking behind me. I was looking at past mistakes. I looked at how things went so wrong when they were “supposed” to be going right. I was looking at how I could have done better and therefore changed my situation for the better. I wasn’t moving forward at that point because I wasn’t using my large windshield to look at my bright future. Instead, I was looking in my much smaller rearview at my dismal past.

After meditating on that windshield/rearview mirror statement, I realized I had to change my outlook on life. I finally understood that what was in front of me was so much larger and better than what I’d been through. I began to meditate on God’s promises for my future, and things began to change for me.

I’d focus on promises like:

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)