“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

We’re all guilty of living in the past.  Our memories can hold us tightly – either positively or negatively.  Former sins can come back to haunt us, even when we know that God has forgiven every one of them.   When we make blunders in the workplace – when we botch up in school – when we say something that can’t be taken back – when we hurt another with a word, a snub, a look – when we refuse to give up old habits – these all become deterrents to progression.  We cannot move forward if we’re living in the past.

One of the secrets to success is to have a vision of optimism.  Looking forward can open doors to new thinking, innovation, invention, entrepreneurial growth.  In fact, in most cases, the toughest door to open is the one leading out of our own thinking.

What is important in your life?  Is it each rung on  the ladder of corporate success?  Is it the amount of money you’re bringing home each week?  Are you consumed with materialism, outward achievements, trophies, notoriety, acclaim, great performance?  If those things are at the forefront of your thinking, you may receive success temporarily.  It might mean stepping on some toes or making enemies along the way, but you can’t become the big man on campus if you don’t make any noise – right?

In our society it doesn’t seem to matter if we butt heads with another, talk trashy about our opponents, think we’re much better than anyone else.  In the past 40-50 years we’ve been told that we can be anything we want to be and, if we believe in ourselves, we can accomplish anything.  Why?  Because we deserve it.  A new generation of self-confident young people has emerged from that way of thinking.  Unfortunately, they’re soon going to realize that they have to prove themselves.  Once in the world of business or industry, they cannot simply sit on their past certificates of participation.

We need to prepare for the future by using past experiences for growth.  We cannot move out of the abyss, if we never experience it.  The darkest moments in our lives can be the greatest lessens for living a rich and fruitful life.  They were meant as a tool to sharpen us, to prepare us, to refine us.

True success doesn’t come in this world.  God has given us this world as a place to prepare us for our ultimate life – eternity in paradise.  I call that real success.  Keep your eyes on the prize!

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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3 Responses to DON’T LOOK BACK

  1. hatrack4 says:

    I had a crisis regarding this earlier this week. In my frustration, I wrote about it. My wife didn’t like it, but I’m going to rewrite it in about a month’s time. I had already refocused on the prize earlier today, but thanks for reinforcing that resolve.

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    • says:

      Sometimes it’s better to stew on something before actually put it out there in front of the world, God usually gives us answers in the meantime. Glad you figured that out.

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  2. I have no idea where I heard or read this but I loved it, “God is not as concerned for our happiness as He is concerned about our holiness.” It has always been a great reminder to me to know what is important.

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