Brenda’s Blog – May 3, 2022
“Do not back up – severe tire damage will result.”
These words appear on a sign at the exit to my community. The red metal prongs ominously poking up from the ground warn us to keep on moving. One day as I drove carefully over them I laughed to myself thinking how applicable the words are to life.
As we age the temptation to drive in reverse grows stronger. My Dad referred to this as joining the “usta club.” Too many engage in conversations leading with “I usta do this — I used to work there— I usta own that…”
“What is God doing right now? What is He teaching you?” Those questions introduced the small group exercise. “It must be current… no sharing something from years ago.” Why? It is easy to get stuck in life experiences and in spiritual growth, as well.
What happens when a car reverses over the spikes? Flat tires! What happens when we fail to move forward and insist on living in the past? Emotional flat tires.
How can we avoid the “usta club?” 1) Seeing each day as an opportunity to live out the work God gives us to do; 2) Engaging with younger people, hearing their stories, and encouraging their efforts; 3) Committing to stretch mentally, spiritually, and physically; 4) Keeping current on reading, travel, and social activities;5) Giving thanks day by day.
Memories are precious and important to health; but resisting new experiences hinders growth. Integrating our stories to help others is a blessing; focusing only on the past limits our contribution.
Forward progress is God’s plan for our lives – let’s stay involved, running the race well.