It is always good to look back on all that the Lord has done in our lives. It is equally exciting to reminisce about the ways that the Lord has chosen to use us and work through us. But I find that I can easily get off focus if I focus too much on the past. In fact I think if we look at what we have already accomplished vs. all that we can still do, our vision and perception will likely be skewed.
As in any long distance race, there is the importance of looking at how you have paced yourself on the first couple of legs of the race, but if you focus too much on where you have been and how you have run the race so far, you can easily lose focus on the race in front of you. You could run out of steam and lose you edge, or more critically, wide up never finishing the race. What could be sadder than never finishing what the Lord set you out to do in the first place.
Paul said in 1 Cor 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. (NLT)
So, run with purpose in every step today and every day. Rejoice in all that the Lord has done both in you and through you, but never lose sight of all that he desire to still do in you and through you. Don’t lose focus of your focus!