In previous posts, I encouraged you to be forward focused by creating your vision board and setting smart goals. This week, I am going to encourage you to do the opposite. To take a look back. Why? Because pausing every so often to look back at where you came from keeps you grounded.
Maybe you are dissatisfied with your life or maybe you think you should be further along than you are. Perhaps you feel like you will never accomplish your desires and see no way to do so. Or you may be experiencing the opposite. You may be very happy with your life and are proud of what you have accomplished so far. Regardless of whether or not you are satisfied with your life, for just a moment, take a look back at where you came from. It is in looking back that you really have the chance to see how far you have come. Even if you think you have not gone far enough, you are further ahead than where you started from.
Recently, I was cleaning up my emails and I found some emails from 2002, which was a very difficult period in my life. At that time, my life plan had gone up in smoke and I was unemployed and broke. I had no idea how things would turn out. Now, almost twenty years later, I can see God’s grace and mercy on me and in my life clearly. Had I not gone through that difficult time, I would not be able to encourage someone else who may feel discouraged now.
Are you going through a tough time right now and you feel like there is no way out? Are you ready to give up? Listen to me…Don’t. Things will get better. It may not seem like it right now, but trust me when I say, nothing lasts forever. So, although it may not feel like it, this too shall pass. Give yourself some grace. As long as you are alive there a chance to turn things around.
If you are fortunate enough to be happy with your life and wouldn’t change a thing, I implore you to stay humble. Take a look back and remember the struggles you had to endure to get where you are. So, now that you are “on top”, please don’t forget where you came from and what you went through to get here. Don’t become arrogant or complacent and don’t be too proud. Remember “pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 NLT.
Instead, I encourage you to use your experience to help someone else. Sow a seed into the life of someone else. There are many ways in which you can do this. You can offer encouragement or advice. Perhaps you can mentor and coach. You can also assist financially and most of all you can pray. Use your good fortune to bless someone else. Pay it forward.
Looking back gives us perspective. It keeps us humble and it brings out our gratitude. Look how far you have come from where you started. What have you learned about yourself in the process?