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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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Dennis McDonald

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