January 2011

Don’t let yesterday mess up today!

Story of the day: Don’t let yesterday mess up today!

If you spend all your time today thinking about your failures or successes yesterday, then you will ruin your tomorrow. When today looks too long at yesterday, we are borrowing from tomorrow’s time.

Yesterday is like a rearview mirror. When you go somewhere in the car, you use a rearview mirror. A rearview mirror shows you what’s behind you. You need a rearview mirror but you only need a rearview mirror to glance in, not live in. You don’t move forward by focusing on a rearview mirror; you move forward by focusing on the windshield. If you live in a rearview mirror, you will hurt somebody. But in front of the rearview mirror is a much bigger piece of glass called the windshield. The windshield shows you where you are going and that’s a lot bigger than where you have been. Don’t let yesterday mess up today, which will ruin tomorrow.

While you are driving forward in your Christian life, every now and then look in your rearview mirror. Take a peek in your rearview mirror to see what’s behind  you so that you don’t make a wrong turn while you’re moving forward. Just don’t stare too long. [Tony Evans. Tony Evan’s Stories, Quotes, and Anecdotes. Chicago: Moody Publishers. (2009). pgs. 220-221.

 Quote of the day: Tony Evans

“You need a rearview mirror but you only need a rearview mirror to glance in, not live in.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

“Brethern, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for life lessons. Father, I pray that I am not always staring back my rearview mirror, but looking forward through my windshield. Teach me to always focus on You and seek You in prayer for all areas in my life. I love You Father, and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

July 2008

Our past

                                                                                                  Story of the day:  Our Past

   “Our past, mistakes as well as worthwhile accomplishments, is like a car’s rear-view mirror.  While driving, we use the broad view through the windshield as we move ahead, but we also use the mirror for reference, making quick, periodic glances into it for information to aid in making driving decisions.  Although we cannot effectively or safely move ahead by staring only into the mirror and ignoring the view from the windshield, “proper” use of the mirror doesn’t ensure a safer, smoother trip to our destination.

   In the same way, we are not to dwell in our past, but live by using the lessons of the past as a reference to aid our journey into the future.” (Green)

Quote of the day:  Will Rogers

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 20:24

“A man’s steps are of the LORD; how can a man understand his own way?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There are so many times when I can lose sight of your goodness because I get so focused on my past.  Instead, just like the story illustrated, I should not dwell in the past but live by using the lessons of the past as a reference to aid in the future.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen