Eyes Front! No, I’m not or have ever been in the military; but I did dedicate one semester of my High School career in JROTC. To this day, I remember hearing my instructors yelling, “Eyes front, Walton!”. I had a horrible habit of looking back to see what others were doing while in formation. Now that I think of it, I have carried that bad habit with me for most of my life. Even now, I sometimes find myself overcome with anxiety or even sadness over the things, and friends that I’ve lost. I’ve let the day get away from me while trying to visit something that very well happened 5, 10, or even 15 years ago. I’ve pulled out pictures, and even some old text messages in old phones to at times remind myself what being happy truly is. Yes, I look back many times at the things that have passed, and find myself afraid that God won’t come through again. That maybe, just maybe, I’ve already gone through my allotted amount of blessings, and now I’m just supposed to sit back and look back.
I promise I have those moments when in the midst of my prayers or even in my moments of daydreaming, God steps in and says exactly that; “Eyes Front.” I’m sure if we could, we would go back to that one moment in our lives and start completely over. I’m sure we would go back and correct dating errors, errors that we have made in friendships, and even possibly change our entire career; but we can’t. We can’t go back to that moment in life, we can only stay in the present and keep our eyes front.
The enemy has this funny little tactic. He sometimes grabs us by the hand, and leads us to movie night. No, this movie night doesn’t include the classics of “16 Candles” and “Ferris Buller’s Day Off”; this movie night includes those scenes from the past. Those scenes sometimes include moments where we were our happiest, and and even those scenes that we watch with our hands over our eyes. It is so important that when the enemy tries to grab our hand and invite us in for a movie night, that we decline…WITH AUTHORITY!
The enemy wants us to believe that the best moments of our lives have already come and gone. That God does not believe in an encore, and that God doesn’t love us enough to come through again. It’s so important in those moments where you want to turn around and bask in “what was” that you remember who it is that you really belong to.
Looking back can not only make allow doubt and depression into your life, but it can also end your life. Don’t believe me? Remember Lot? Well, I’m sure that you remember that Lot and his family were spared from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, under one condition….
Don’t look back!
Genesis 19 states that a visiting angel said “Flee for your life! Do not look behind you, nor stop anywhere in the Plain; flee to the hills, lest you be swept away.”.
Those spared from this horrific destruction had ONE JOB! Run, and don’t look back.
Well, I’m sure that you remember that Lot’s wife looked back at the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah and was then turned into a pillar of salt.
I remember my mother telling me this story to teach me how important obedience is. It’s funny, many years later, as I’m writing this and even telling the enemy that I don’t have time for his move night, the story of Lot’s wife teaches me that not even God wants us to look back and the very things He’s brought us from. If we are constantly looking back at the moments in life where God came down and saved us with His everlasting love, we are only doomed to need that very same saving again.
- My love, don’t let the enemy convince you that your best days are behind you. Stay on course, and Keep your eyes front!