I am so blessed to be surrounded by an incredible staff at church. These men and women, from a variety of ages and backgrounds, are a constant encouragement to me and a reminder that I must keep growing if I have any chance of being able to lead them.
The other day I went to visit our family pastor. He spends a lot of time providing counsel and encouragement to our church and I will often go to see him when I need a boost. I was heading into what I knew was going to be an emotional weekend, returning to a place where I had served and where things had not gone as well as I had hoped. I had been asked to say a few words and was struggling with what to say.
Confessing the emotion I was facing to him, he said just what I needed to hear. He told me that bitterness looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks to the future. Let me say that again: bitterness looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks to the future.
Now, he admitted that he had not coined the phrase he was just passing it on. But, it was exactly what I needed to hear and come to find out it is actually biblical.
In Isaiah 43 we read, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
So today, instead of dwelling on your past, which only leads to bitterness, or looking around and becoming anxious, why not consider the glorious future that God is preparing for all who believe in Him. You will be as refreshed as if you had discovered a river in your desert.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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