Today I learned and important lesson.
I guess you could say I re-learned it actually.
It rained pretty much all day today here in South Carolina. At one point I decided it was a good idea to take a walk on the beach in the rain. I like to walk near the ocean. Standing there on the edge of the of the continental United States looking out across the Atlantic Ocean is amazing. God created it. I feel so small. So close to God.
Since it was raining all day, I carried along with me an umbrella in case is really started to come down. As I was walking I was dragging the umbrella behind me. Every where the umbrella touched in that sand it left a trail. I was leaving a mark that showed where I was going, or better yet…where I had been.
I looked back and realized that if I wanted to see where I had been…I had to sacrifice looking at where I was going.
If I worry about the what where I’ve been looks like, I will not be able to see where I’m going. I need to leave a legacy, not by looking back and worrying or wondering, but by knowing why and where I am taking the next step forward.
With that I can not only know where I’ve been, but even better…know where I’m going and be confident that the legacy I leave is one of integrity and character.
I want to leave a character that mirrors Jesus Christ.
Where are you looking? Forward? Backward? Uncertain?
I can tell you with incredible confidence that Jesus Christ can handle whatever it is you are carrying.
Look up. Believe. Trust.
One step at a time.
That’s what an umbrella in the sand helped me learn.