What would it be like to walk backward and not see where we are going? I picture being sprawled on the ground after stumbling over something in my path. Walking backward seems a rather dangerous and senseless way to make progress. Yet we often live our lives looking backward and missing what’s ahead.
In Luke 9:26 Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Though it’s hard to face, think how often we look back at our mistakes or we worry about what we should have done. We want to cling to old traditions and avoid trying something new. Looking back means not looking forward. It stifles us and discourages us from new experiences, new ways to serve the Lord who forgives our past mistakes and weaknesses.
Looking backward is a theme in many of my stories, including my novel in stores now, The Firefighter’s New Family, the story of Ashley who almost missed God’s blessing by clinging to the past. This is something we all do even though we know the Lord has plans for us and has forgiven our past mistakes and unwillingness to grow. If you are interested in reading, my latest release, please ask for the novel at your local Independent Christian Bookstore. May the Lord bless you as you look forward in all you do.
Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 52 contracted novels and over 3-1/2 million books in print. Her novels have received several national awards, including: the ACFW Carol Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. Gail is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on their Executive Board. Gail is a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers (ACFW) as well as Christian Authors Network (CAN) and is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and is a workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. Gail lives in Michigan with her husband. Visit her at: