The old saying has always been, “Keep looking forward”, or “Don’t look back”. If you think about all of the action movies you’ve ever seen they always tell the person, keep running, don’t look back. And it seems like when the person looks back they either fall or get off track. Shoot we can use Lot’s wife to perfectly exemplify the whole, “Don’t look back” analogy. She looked back and instantly turned into a pillar of salt. So she pretty much makes it harder for me to explain why you should look back lol
Now of course I strive to encourage you to keep moving in the right direction, forward that is; however, I personally believe that in order for us to be effective in where we’re going, we have to look back, the catch is, we just can’t stay back.
Take a moment and think about this…how can you speak life into someone’s situation if you don’t take a moment to look back to the place that God delivered you from? That mercy he showed you and that grace that he allowed you is your fuel to pour into the next person. We never want to forget where we came from, so every now and then it’s ok to look back at what we’ve been through. It in turn helps us to appreciate where we are. I know me personally, I can’t possibly minister to a woman standing before me in the state of homelessness, or in a state of loneliness unless I take a glimpse back into my past life from when I myself was homeless. Or when I was in that state of loneliness. Those moments when I was left depending solely on God’s love alone in the middle of a cold night. I have to look back at how God kept me and brought me through that time of darkness in order to be a positive encouragement to someone that is currently experiencing that in which I’ve been through.
I truly believe that God directs people to us according to what we’ve been through in our lives and he holds us accountable to lead them out of what they are going through by sharing our testimony. And not just sharing our testimony, but being transparent with them enough to show that God’s love and grace is sufficient for us all!
So here are a few solid reasons why you should look back and not stay back:
- You never want to forget where you came from. It’s from this place that you birthed your now.
- Your testimony is your story! It’s those bittersweet memories that make up your powerful story; you have to look back in order to grab the pieces that make the complete puzzle of you!
- In order to help someone else you have to be real with yourself! Being transparent and showing someone else that you’ve been through the same thing helps them to see a brighter future.
Now remember, looking back and staying back are two different things! Keep moving forward, just don’t forget where you came from! -BiancaLynnette