Norman Vincent Peale tells of spending some time on a lush tropical isle in Jamaica. In the hotel in which they were staying there was a map that hung in one of the hallways. In the corner of the map there was some very faint lettering over an almost totally uninhabited part of the island. Looking closely Dr. Peale realized that the words were, "The Land of Look-Behind."
Intrigued, he asked the owner of the hotel what those words meant. The hotel owner said that in the days of slavery, runaways from the sugar plantations sometimes escaped into that lonely and barren territory. They were often pursued by slave owners or the authorities with guns and dogs. The fugitives were always on the run, always looking over their shoulders. So that was where the term came from: The Land of Look-Behind.
What a terrible place to live--in a land where you are always looking back over your shoulder in fear. Some people live that way, but, as Christians, we don't have to. Hang on to your faith and always press on towrd the goal He has before us.
We live by faith, not by sight.
-2 Corinthians 5:7 (New International Version)
Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, we thank you for the confidence you have given to us to live boldly for you each and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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