Going in the Right Direction

Going in the Right Direction
By Annette McDaniel

Sitting in the passenger seat of our vehicle I wait for my husband to return. He is in Home Depot browsing, (men don’t shop, they browse) so I may have a bit of a wait. Personally I would rather wait than shop unless I actually need something, so I am patient.

Hubby is smart. He has parked the car across from the flowers and shrubs knowing I will be occupied for a while imagining what will go where in my garden. People-watching is a favorite sport of mine, so I am comfortable for now. But, as time goes by and the same folks browse the same annuals and perennials, my mind wanders. I occupy myself reading old shopping lists and receipts left in the console. I look hopefully in the side mirror for a glimpse of my perennial browser and I see for the first time the following inscription: “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.”

How long has that been there? And, why is it on the passenger side mirror? If I’m not driving why do I care how close those things are to me anyway? It makes sense I guess. If you slam on your brakes, the object behind you could cost you a new rear bumper.

I prefer looking forward. Some Facebook friends post pictures of old kitchen gadgets and farm implements from years gone by and ask “Do you remember this?” or “Did you ever use one of these?” Nostalgia is fun and triggers wonderful memories, but like driving backwards, it only gets you where you have already been.

Recently our church reached a twenty-year milestone. We celebrated by looking at old
photographs and talking of past accomplishments. Then our guest speaker gently reminded us that as wonderful as the event was, it was after all just a marker along the way toward greater things. In essence he meant: Don’t let your milestone become your tombstone. Moving forward is the only solution to prevent apathy and decline. That applies in all areas of our lives. Continual looking back could cause us to miss wonderful adventures ahead.

Satchel Paige is quoted as saying “Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you”, That’s good advice if you are trying to outrun something or somebody but he is still saying that the path is in front of you. Looking back may cause you to trip on something you could have avoided. The Apostle Paul summed it up perfectly when he told the Philippians:… ”forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ( Phil 3:13-14)

Forward is the direction; heaven is the goal. Now that’s an adventure I am anticipating!

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About Annette McDaniel

Annette McDaniel

Annette McDaniel is a former elementary school teacher, former accountant. She has published numerous articles in THE BEST TIMES magazine and poems in various church school papers. She currently resides in Olathe, KS. She’s always willing to give a hand…”


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