Life from the rear-view mirror

It’s hard to move forward when you’re looking backwards… Vol 137

I’m realizing this morning how much “life” is behind me at 63

Not that there aren’t more things to accomplish…more life to live…but I find myself looking backwards a lot more.

Makes me think of my friend Barry and his reasoning for not doing social media like Facebook. He simply says “I want to move forward…” I get it.

It’s hard to move forward while you’re looking backwards. But it’s hard to ignore that hindsight rule. You know the 20/20 thing.

Anyway… I’m convinced a balanced life requires you to do both well.

That’s also true in your walk with the Lord. It’s imperative that we learn from the past to apply it to the present.

Plus…if you spend too much time looking backwards…you’ll get a crick in your neck…

Don’t worry…God can see in the dark. Vol 136

I have been following my former pastors updates on his daughter Emily as she goes through chemo on her way to what we hope is a full recovery from cancer.
It’s been tough for her and tough on her family as they go through this together.

I can empathize.

David was my pastor for nearly 10 years and was there for us when Lori was going through her battle with cancer.

“Don’t doubt in the dark, what you know to be true in the Light”

David shared that he and Sue had given that thought to Emily on a wooden frame for her hospital room…something to remind her of what she already knows. To encourage her with the truth of God’s love and plan for her as this painful and arduous path she is on, continues on for a while longer…

God can see in the dark. I know that may seem like silly statement. Of course He can see in the dark…He’s God! But it’s a truth we can sometimes forget when tragedy comes.

Don’t worry. He will find us when we get lost in the darkness of our pain and fear. He is always good and loving and forgiving and comforting to his kids… despite our darkest circumstance.

He can be no other way.

We can rest and rejoice in that.

Is Good Enough…good enough? Vol 135

Good enough.
I so often find myself at this crossroad. Whether it’s a guitar performance on a recording or a sales presentation…or my walk with the Lord. I say to myself…It wasn’t my best, wasn’t great…wasn’t excellent. it was good enough.
Why do we stop at good enough?
I find myself here way too often… not because I don’t know what “best” and “excellent” look like…feel like…sound like…but mostly because I haven’t given the effort to get there. Wherever “there” is. It might take one more pass at that guitar riff…or one more phone call to reach that prospect…one more awkward conversation with that pretty girl to get a date.

Sure…there are some things in life we can’t do ourselves…
Does that mean they don’t get done…or does it mean we find another way, or a different way to do them? Do we stop at good enough or do we break out of that box to get to great and excellent…maybe even WOW!
I choose the later.
“Good enough” is just not good enough…

God gave his Best in Jesus. Good enough wouldn’t do.

There is joy in getting to great. Yea…it takes some work…some effort…
but nobody really wants to eat a pre-chewed steak.