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Our Past – An Anchor or a Stepping Stone?

Our Past – An Anchor or a Stepping Stone?

At the time of this writing there is a popular TV series called “Who Do You Think You Are?” Each week the show takes its viewers on a journey through the past ancestry of a celebrity guest. The celebrity starts with what they know about their family history and working with librarians and other genealogical experts they follow one or more legs of their family tree which takes them to places around the world. I enjoy the show and it makes me want to dig dipper into my ancestry.

But here’s the rub. In business, in faith, in life  our past can be an anchor or a stepping-stone. Certainly a thought provoking statement. One doesn’t need to look very hard to find a host of businesses that used to dot the American landscape that no longer exist. They based their future on the systems and strategies of their past success. As a result – they are gone and mostly forgotten. There is a good chance if you are under 50 years old you may not remember retail giants F. W. Woolworth and W.T. Grant. There were the automakers Studebaker, Hudson, Pierce-Arrow or Packard. All gone.

What about your business, your life; is the past a schoolmaster where you continue to learn and make necessary changes to further your growth and development enabling you to  reach new heights? Or do you languish in the past stewing over its failures and regrets or continuing to bask is the successes of yesteryear?

Our past can be an anchor that holds us down and keeps us back that prevents us from fulfilling God’s call on our life. Our past may also be a stepping stone to a brighter future if we embrace life’s lessons, forgive ourselves and others and take another step forward toward the prize of the high calling we have in Christ.

Here is what I know. We cannot drive forward on the highway of life if we spend the lion’s share of our time looking in the rearview mirror.  Whether the past is littered with failure or given us great success is of little consequence if that part of our life captures our focus. Constantly looking in the rearview mirror is a certain formula for causing a wreck. Occasionally glancing in the rear view mirror is a good thing, making it our main focus is not.

Is your past an anchor or a stepping stone? I hope it is the latter. Here’s the good news. If your past has been an anchor it can become a stepping-stone any time you choose. It’s up to you.

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Living Free & Pressing On!

Pressing On Toward The Goal

In today’s blog post I am commenting on the name of my blog, Living Free & Pressing On. Today I will focus on Pressing On.

It’s been my observation through the years that successful people, businesses or organizations have one thing in common – the will to press on.  What does this phrase mean and is it found in Scripture? Philippians 3:13 & 14 in the KJV contains a similar phrase. Here is the quote:

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Let’s dig a little deeper into this word “press.”  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives us this broader meaning from the Greek word translated “press.” It is a prolonged form of a primary verb meaning to pursue, to follow after, press toward. As a prolonged form we can conclude this “pressing on” is not an event but rather a continual process carrying with it the thought to keep pressing on. No doubt you’ve heard people say, “Keep on keeping on.” While that may or may not be grammatically correct the thought is right on the money. There is no quitting; there is no going backward. It is not even a consideration when it comes to pressing on.

A little phrase that I tell others and myself is this, “you cannot drive forward if you are constantly looking in the rear view mirror.” When you get in your vehicle and start down the road you must keep your focus on the road ahead. While an occasional glance in the rear view mirror may be necessary and important any attempt to reach your destination will demand you focus on looking through the windshield, keeping your eyes alert to what lies ahead, moving forward.

Take a moment and consider where you are in your life. Are you pressing on? Maybe you are on a plateau and don’t seem to heading anywhere, stuck in neutral. Or maybe without even realizing it you’ve been focusing a little too much on the rear view mirror, how things used to be and perhaps have started heading backwards. Maybe things have gotten a little out of focus at this point in your life.

Sometimes we need to be shaken to arouse our attention. Have you ever been daydreaming or gotten drowsy while driving? You might start to run off the road and immediately you are snapped back to attention! Or all of a sudden you realize you’ve driven miles past your exit due to lack of focus, your objective was blurred.

To press on there needs to be a clear objective. For the individual believer it is the “mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The application of this scriptural principal can be applied in other areas of life and living just as well. Without clear objectives for a business, a church, our personal health and well being, we may be spinning our wheels, running around in circles. It’s been said without a clear target you’ll hit it every time. Think about that.

“The Message” version of the New Testament says it like this: “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else on your mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track , let’s stay on it.”