This may not be the prettiest picture I have posted, but it does make a point.  The mirror and its view dominate the picture making it very difficult to see what is ahead.  Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13 that he doesn't do that, and I believe he is telling us not to do that either.  Once we have come to Christ, the past is gone.  In fact, God tells us in Hebrews 10:17, "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more" (NIV).  If God has forgotten them, then we have no reason, good or bad, to recall them.  The second part of the verse above reminds us to look ahead.  In other words, "Don't rest on your laurels," but look forward to the new exciting work God still has for you to do.  Philippians 1:6 says, "... being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Okay, Lord, what is next?

Philippians 3:13b

Looking Ahead or Looking Back

"But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" (NIV).