His One Big Mistake

by Stan Mitchell
trackfield.jpg“But one thing I do. Forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14).
Ron made only one mistake, but it was fatal. He had trained, running before dawn every day that season. He had eaten right, declining the doughnuts and Hostess Cup Cakes he so craved. At the starting line he felt good – strong, ready. He had run fast – faster than he had ever run before. At the eighty meter mark, he was one stride ahead of the man coming in second.
At the ninety meter mark he had maintained his lead.
But at ninety eight meters, he made his mistake. He didn’t know where his main rival, Bill was. Was he the guy he could see out of the corner of his eye, coming second, or was he further behind?
So he looked back. And Bill flew by to break the tape.
Looking back often cripples us. When we look back in regret for past mistakes, it saps us of the confidence we need for the task at hand. And when we look back to glory in past achievements it makes us overconfident for today’s race. When we look back in resentment at slights done to us, our anger blurs our vision.
Don’t look back; the prize is ahead.

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