Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes it is better to reflect on ancient traditions with an expansive view to the future. pg.111 “Fresh Air” -Jack Levison
Churches, families, people can sure get stuck in ruts. “We have always done it this way.” “I remember when….” “We have never done that before.” “If you change ____ no one will come.” “That is the way it has always been.” And the list of rut living accuses goes on and on. If God is alive, and I declare that He most certainly is, then why are so many churches, families and people spiritually dead? Maybe, just maybe we spend way too much time looking in the rearview mirror and miss the expense of God’s glory that is before us.
What do we miss when we do not look ahead? EVERYTHING that God has prepared for us and waits for us.