We recently created new missionary cards. It was a pretty difficult task since although we live in Hungary this is our base for the work throughout Europe. While we are based in Hungary we spend a lot of time on the road. With that in mind we thought about what would best represent our family on this missionary journey, so rather unusually for a mission card we have a view from inside a car. Interestingly our last missionary card had a view of the road.
The picture on the card has two views, the road in front and the view from the rear view mirror. You can?t drive safely if you only look in the rear view mirror nor can you drive safely if you only look out through the front windscreen and never take account of what is behind. Both views are necessary for safe navigation.
Sometimes the road ahead doesn?t look all that appealing, sometimes it looks downright unsafe. At these times we choose to look in our rear view mirror and remind ourselves of how far we have come. We remember how God has looked after us in the past and that helps give us confidence for our future.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus