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.


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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