Daily Word of Grace # 221 (April 16, 2021)

On the uplifting rock classic “Don’t Look Back”, the title track of the 1978 sophomore album by Boston, the late Brad Delp sings: “Don’t look back, a new day is breaking.  It’s been too long since I felt this way.  I don’t mind, ooh, where I get taken.  The road is calling, today is the day.  I can see, it took so long just to realize.  I’m much too strong not to compromise.  Now I see what I am is holding me down.  I’ll turn it around, oh yes, I will.  I finally see the dawn arriving.  I see beyond the road I’m driving.”  While it is good periodically to glance at the rearview mirror while driving, focusing solely on what’s in the rearview mirror rather than where you are heading is very dangerous.  Along these lines, the Apostle writes this about moving forward in his relationship with Jesus Christ: “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).  What was true for the Apostle Paul is true for you—and by God’s grace you will eventually “see the dawn arriving” and “see beyond the road you’re driving.”

Love and Prayers,