By Linda Tancs

You may recall the story of Lot’s wife in the Book of Genesis. She turned into a pillar of salt for looking back to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as she and her family were fleeing according to an angel’s instruction (Genesis 19:1-26). You may look back on things and, unlike Lot’s wife, you won’t end up a pillar of salt. But you may end up with less than you could’ve had if you’d keep your focus forward. Consider a professional runner who looks behind to check on the competition and ends up running from a certain gold medal to a bronze one instead. Looking behind may slow you down. Like a popular adage reminds us, the reason why a car’s windshield is so much bigger than the rear-view mirror is because you should be focusing on what’s ahead and not on what lies behind.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

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