The Long and Winding Road

ImageWhat’s your approach to life? Is it a race, a journey or something in between?  Do you get stuck in the past? Do you forget the past and look only to the future? Either extreme can be harmful.

If you get stuck in the past you can become a victim of all the disappointments, failures and abuses that you experienced. You could also long for the past when things were easier, when you were younger, when you were excited about life’s adventures.  This could paralyze you from moving on in life.

If you only look to the future, and see looking back as a negative you can miss out on the memories. You can neglect to see how far you’ve come. You may not appreciate the people that helped you become who you are today and you may be moving forward wounded not having dealt with the harm you may have experienced.

I see life as a journey where living in the tension of the past and the future is necessary.  If we don’t deal with the past and heal from our wounds we’re not living out of a healthy place. We deserve to take spaces in our lives to name and deal with issues that are affecting our present lives.  Some may call that “living in the past.” Or say that “that stops us from moving forward.” But what use is moving forward if you’re moving forward in pain and hurting others in the process?

The road of life is a long and winding one.  It has pit stops, exits, round-a-bouts, traffic jams, crashes.  No one walks an easy, straight path and arrives at their destination without experiencing difficulties.  To get into an accident and then just stay there, broken down on the side of the road doesn’t help either.  You have to call in for help. You have to repair the damage, then you can move on down the road.

An all or nothing, move forward & don’t look back approach isn’t the way to a604128_10200288312162394_1252315563_n full and true life.  We deserve better than that.  We’re not competing with others on this journey. We’re not trying to get there first, are we?  If so, who are we competing with and where are we trying to get to first? We’re all ultimately headed in the same direction, we’ll all reach the end of this life and pass away.  The goal should not be to arrive first, but to reach our destinations whole, transformed & full of life.  Living a life we can be proud of and others can too.

I know the Bible says we should run a good race, in 2 Tim 4:7-8 Paul says; “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”  But in that race it’s not the first one to finish that wins, we all get to win.  I like how it says “I finished MY course.”  Which tells me that he was racing the race God set before him, which was a different race than what he set before others. He ran HIS race. We can all run a good race and win. But I can assure you that no one wins the race with a broken leg.  It’s okay to stop and heal and then get back in there and finish strong.

Check our this article which outlines in detail the metaphor in the Bible of enduring to win the race. I thought it was a really good one.

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