In the book of Genesis, Lot and his family found themselves in a less than desirable situation. As the situation deteriorated, God made provisions for Lot and his family to safely leave the city. There was one minor stipulation though. Lot and his family were commanded to not look back.

I’ve been familiar with this Biblical story for years but read it one day with fresh eyes. Lot’s wife did not obey God’s command and she was turned into a pillar of salt. I’m pretty sure that a pillar of salt cannot move and the lesson for me was a big one.

When I look back and lament over missed opportunities or when I wish, without action, for a different outcome, my attitude becomes overcast and it prevents me from fully embracing future challenges. God’s command to not look back was not a threat of punishment but rather a promise of future blessings. I can only imagine Lot’s wife was distressed that she was being displaced form her home or she was fearful of the future. Looking back prevented
her from moving forward.

Life is ever changing! Let us celebrate our past accomplishments and let go of past failures, missed opportunities, or less than favorable outcomes. Let us move forward toward the blessing each day holds for us!

Take a few minutes to evaluate your situation and see if your attitude is overcast. Have you turned into an unmovable pillar of salt looking back at a career lost or fearful of accepting a new Call? Be encouraged that God knows your every need and ask for His guidance in changing your attitude to one of praise and thanksgiving and embrace new opportunities!

I’d love to hear from you …

Tammy Shoup, CPRW is a Christian Resume Writer dedicated to helping Pastoral Candidates, Ministry Workers, and Christian Job Seekers launch a successful job search campaign. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and National Résumé Writer’s Association.  She is also a past member of the Christian Writer’s Guild.