Rear View Mirror Predictions

There was a time in my past that I began tongue in cheek to make ridiculous predictions for my coworkers just before the end of the year. You know, the kind that would predict that Jim would accidently breed a new type of rice that when eaten would extend life for several years, Jim becomes a millionaire over night and retires never to be seen around here again.

The predictions were always over the top and not likely to ever happen.

I always started the predictions by stating that I would receive my insights by looking in the rear view mirror of a car. Since my success rate was somewhere south of never happening, I would change the type of rear view mirror I would concentrate on. One year it was the rear view mirror of a 57 Chevy, the next it might be that of a Lincoln Town Car parked on the side of a funeral home, you get the picture.
The fact that my predictions NEVER came true didn’t seem to matter to my coworkers. They loved to get them in their email and would act a little miffed if for some reason I did not have a prediction for them.

It was a good time in my life and I have good memories of the people I worked with.

As I was thinking about those predictions, I began to think about why I chose the rear view mirror as the fictional place of my inspiration. Why not a crystal ball, or a deck of cards, or even the mayonnaise jar under the porch of Funk and Wagnalls? Why the rear view mirror?

It appears to me that a rear view mirror is just about the last place you would want to look to find the future, but isn’t that what most of us do every day?

Aren’t we often so tied up in the past that we can’t find the future much less see it? We get all involved in reliving our mistakes, in hopes we won’t repeat them and go through the pain again.

As parents, especially fathers, we make mistakes and we never move any further in our relationships with our spouse, our children, or our friends. We analyze the situation that lead up to the mistake, our actions, the people involved, our own intent, and on and on.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need to learn from our mistakes. Once infracted, we should endeavor to never let it happen again.

Our problem exists in our view. If we ever get in a car and begin to drive down the road but we never look anywhere but in the rear view mirror, we are destine to make even bigger mistakes than we have ever made in the past. If we concentrate on the vision in the rear view mirror, we will never arrive at the future.

Without a future we have no hope. Without hope, we have no reason to live. God has given us a windshield to give us hope.

Parents, we have God given memories of our past, so we can help our children navigate through the streets of the present and to help us understand the impact of the pot holes that would swallow us up and prevent us from reaching the future , He has promised us.

We must use the rear view mirror to glance at; not to be the major means of navigation. For that we are given the whole windshield before us. Sure there will be the occasional bug that will smash into it, and we will be required to clean it once in a while, but through it we can see our future.

The windshield gives us a clear view of the world before us. We can see potential bends, hills and speed bumps. We can see the beauty of the country side. We can see others who are on the same journey as us.

As fathers, we must look through the windshield. We have a family to care for and protect. We must clearly chart the direction we are going so none of our family is lost along the way. We must take our eyes off the rear view mirror before we plow over someone or something that we can never replace.

The choice is ours, we can look through the windshield and be expectant of a bright and sure future, or we can continue to try different rear view mirrors and make predictions that can NEVER come true.

En servicio como padre


6 Responses to “Rear View Mirror Predictions”

  1. 1 godisalwaysfaithful March 27, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Great post! I really appreciate the analogy of the rearview mirror verses the windshield. Thank you for being such a positive inspiration!


    • 2 David March 27, 2009 at 3:03 PM

      I appreciate your comment. It is good to hear that what has come from your heart is an inspiration to others. After all, aren’t we called to lift up our brothers and sisters? Keep looking forward, for behind you is only trouble and lamentation. Ahead is where life really begins.



  2. 3 djbkjbooth5 March 28, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    I love this post. It speaks so clearly to us as His children. I have used this analogy as well. There is no gray area you have a choice, which one is it we will focus on. Great post! thanks


    • 4 David March 28, 2009 at 8:03 AM

      Thank you, God is calling all of us to take up a new vision. For too long we have counted on the past to guide our future. That is why we have ended up stuck in religion.



  3. 5 stella April 6, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Pleae pray for my fellow workers here in Windsor Colo. We need some sunshine our way. I miss seeing their smiling faces! I love your blog. God bless.


    • 6 David April 6, 2009 at 7:08 PM

      Thank you, so much, for looking in on dadtalk. I will keep you and your follow workers in my prayers. When you can find sunshine in the darkest of situations, you know it is from the heart of God. Keep smiling and bringing the love of God into the lives of your friends.



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