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Never Look Back – Ken Barnes

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13 NLT)

Looking back is never a good thing.

In 1954, Englishman Roger Bannister and Australian John Landy, who were the first two men to break the four-minute mile, met in the "Miracle Mile" race in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With ninety-seconds remaining in the race and Landy ahead, he glanced back over his left shoulder to see his opponent's location. At that moment, Bannister surged past Landy on his right side and won the race by eight-tenths of a second. Many observed that if Landy had not looked back, he would have won the race.

The Apostle Paul had learned what John Landy had not, that taking our eyes off the prize is never good. There is a principal in life that what you focus on, you tend to achieve. Paul knew that the key to success was to forget the past, both good and bad.

Many have noted that rarely are people defeated in their faith by today's problems alone, but by also dwelling on yesterday's failures at the same time. We are not designed to multi-task present and past problems. Looking back on past failures, other than for redemptive purposes, is always counterproductive. Paul knew that he had "not achieved" or become perfect, but he must press on, looking forward to becoming more like Christ.

Conversely, considering past successes can limit our future vision. Good can become the worst enemy of best. Paul did not rest on his past achievements.

Are you, like Landy, going to lose the race because you are looking back? Keep your eyes on the prize, heavenward.

Ken was a foreign missionary for many years with YWAM. Contact him and read more HERE.


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