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15 October 2011

Looking to What Lies Ahead

Every evening at our home when I was a boy we'd gather in my parents' bedroom and have a devotional. Typically it was from the publication "Our Daily Bread". An illustration or two from those pages have stuck with me. I paraphrase one to myself every time I mow our lawn.

Two men were cutting grass at their respective houses. Each had a rather large yard and both had push mowers.

In order to make sure his rows were cut in a straight line, the first pushed his mower for a bit, then looked back to make sure he'd cut in a straight line. Convinced that he had, he continued on. After a couple of stops doing this, he noticed that he had a few strips of individual fairly straight lines cut, but they didn't line up with one another.

Frustrated, he was determined to cut the next segment to line up with the previous one. He continued this way, and by the time he reached the other end of the yard he was disappointed to look back and see a badly zig-zagging strip of cut grass.

The other man, about to start from one side of his lawn to the other, fixed his eyes on a tree barely visible in the distance and set out pushing his mower, walking directly toward the tree. Not surprisingly, when he got to the other end of the yard, the strip he had cut was in a neat, straight line.

The Apostle Paul said it this way: "No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved [perfection], but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)

And, "Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end." (Hebrews 12:2a, GNT)


Shawn said...

Love it. Great post!

Dean Lusk said...

Thanks, bro! Since I repeat the analogy in my head about 20-30 times every year it won't go away. :-)

TMZ said...

Such a great illustration of our walk with Christ, regardless of where we've come from. Focus on the Tree!

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