Take a Look Back

looking back over shoulder

My wife and I are in the process of trying to become debt free. If you have ever done this, you know that sometimes the journey can become a little overwhelming. We have had our ups and downs so far, but we know in the long run the sacrifices and struggles that we experience during the process of getting out of debt will eventually pay off down.

Every year we set resolutions, we set goals, we set accomplishments we strive for. The majority of us end up falling short of these milestones. We give up on our resolutions after a short period of time. Why is this? Why do we tend to quit and not carry through to the finish? Why do we fall short of our goals?

I believe it has a lot to do with our perspective. We tend to look at how big our problem is instead of how big our God is. We set our eyes on our problems instead of fixing them on the problem solver. So often we find ourselves overwhelmed because our view of our situation and circumstances is misconstrued.

Every now and then along the journey, it’s good to take a look back over your shoulder to see how far you have traveled. Many times we are so focused on how much further we have left to go that we forget how far we’ve come and what we had to go through to get to where we are. We get so occupied with the distance between us and the finish line that we lose sight of the distance we have already covered.

If we would just pause and take some time to reflect on all the hurdles and road blocks that we got through to get to where we are, we would gain the strength and fortitude to continue on to the finish. If we would just look back at how far we have already traveled, the distance we have left to reach our goals wouldn’t look so daunting anymore.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, if you’re feeling discouraged, if you’re thinking about giving up; I encourage you to pause and take some time to look back on all the obstacles that you’ve already overcome, reflect on the distance that you’ve already traveled, take a peek back over your shoulder on how far you’ve come. Then you’ll see that what you have left to go isn’t as bad as you thought it would be.


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