Watch Where You’re Running

tagI have been teaching for many years, and I still can say, I LOVE my job! I get to play with other people’s children every day! It’s the best. My favorite part of my job is teaching Kindergarten physical education. These five year olds make my day complete! Their loving spirits lift mine, and they are just precious to the core!

The only lesson that I don’t enjoy is teaching them about personal space, and that they have to watch where they run when playing games in order to prevent banging into one another. They get so involved in their games, and in pursuit of avoiding getting tagged that they have the urge to constantly look behind them to see who is chasing them.

After warm-up, stretch out and teaching a movement pattern, I spend the rest of the time standing repeating into my microphone, “Watch where you are running…OOOOOH! Watch where you are running…REMEMBER! Watch where you are running!” And still, the inevitable collision happens with these adorable little creatures.

As I stand in the gym, watching these cute little munchkins run around, it got me thinking…Adults tend to want to look behind themselves too. Playing the “What-If” game of life. What if I didn’t do this, or what if I had of done that. It’s a game that we all play…admit it! I kind of wish I could stand in people’s minds with my microphone and repeat, “Focus on where you want to go…don’t look at the past!”

Your past is your past! We can’t change it…we can only change our future! We have to realize that guilt is a wasted emotion. Instead of feeling guilty for something that you did, after you apologize to yourself, the other person involved and God, then move forward. Stop looking behind you. Past behavior cannot be rectified by guilt. Let those feelings go, change the way you think and develop new feelings.

Guilt is just one of the negative emotions that come with past mistakes. Self-doubt, panic, contempt, frustrations, disappointment, and the list goes on. Why put yourself through all of this? Focus your energy on the things you can change, that being your thoughts, your choices and your future! You have to look forward and stop thinking about what you did, or what you don’t have.

Once you change your thinking and shift your focus on what you want, or what you already have and be grateful for it, then you are running in the right direction. What you think about expands and if you have all these negative feelings that you are dwelling on…do you really want them to expand? No! Move forward and think positive, thoughts that you want to have. Change yourself and your thinking so that you can have what you want. Learn from the past, but don’t stay there! Keep running forward!

Did you notice that God developed armor only for the front side of the body? He also wants you to move forward, and not look behind…you don’t need to arm yourself for the past, you need to protect yourself for the future. Stop yourself from looking behind you! I repeat! Stop looking behind you!

Arm yourself with God’s armor, as is told to us in Ephesians 6:13-17, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Do you want happiness? Do you want prosperity? Do you want abundance? Well, it isn’t in your past, it is in your future! Use your belt of truth and realize you are the only one in control of your thoughts and feelings! Get rid of your negative feelings. Looking behind you is only going to get you in a collision with yourself! Put on the helmet of salvation, and save yourself from yourself! Run hard, and don’t look back! Watch your life change in ways you never thought it could. And hold on tight to the word of God, he will make you realize what you’ve been missing out on all these years!