Don't Look Back

Lyndia Grant | 5/23/2012, 4:34 p.m.

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:25

A reliable source of food for lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas, the gnu or large antelope earned the Afrikaans name wildebeest, or "wild beast," because of its appearance, a large head resembling that of an ox, a short mane, a pointed beard, and sharp, downward curved horns. The babies, called calves learn to walk within minutes of birth and within days are able to keep up with the herd.

The calves don't have time to play around. They fall down, and the mother forces them back up immediately. It's as if the mother wildebeest is saying to her little calves "Get up, the lion, the lion, the lion is coming, the lion is coming, the cheetahs, are coming; they will eat you up quickly." The mother taunts them and sometimes angers them, but she teaches them to walk quickly as part of their survival, shortly after birth.

History teaches how the wildebeast learns to walk within minutes, and can run and keep up with the pack within days!

Unlike the wildebeest, humans come into the world as infants, unable to walk for at least a year. However, there's a lesson to be learned from the wildebeest: "Don't look back like Lot's wife. She was turned into a pillar of salt. Like the wildebeest, you don't have time to look back. You could end up as dinner for some predator if you do.

Isn't that what happens to us when we waste valuable time looking back rather than staying focused and moving forward? We must utilize every precious moment God gives us while we're here on this side. Time cannot and will not be given back to any of us.

In fact, time is much more valuable than money. We can all make more money, but none of us can turn back the hands of time. Keep your eyes on the prize. Learn to move forward with your goals quickly like the wildebeest. Don't waste a lot of time trying to figure things out. Learn while you're immersed in on-the-job-training, as I did.

It was 25 years ago when my sisters and I started a small corporation. The mission - to teach the unemployed, effective job search techniques and strategies. We applied for a couple job-training contracts and were awarded six figure grants from the D.C. Department of Employment Services. We had no money, no typewriters, no desk, no office supplies, and no experience, but we trusted God, and it worked. Our lives have been changed forever because we kept getting back up and learned to move quickly.

With only $500.00, which covered our first month's rent, we did it; like the wildebeest, we didn't have time to keep falling down. We had to learn quickly, on-the-job-training! We had to learn to run immediately. Looking back wasn't an option for us.

As we go about our duties each day, be reminded that Satan comes to seek those he can kill, steal or destroy. You don't have time to be a baby; you've got to trust God, and begin to 'run this race by faith.'

We also need to struggle every now and then - it's a part of life. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any challenges, we would be crippled like the poor butterfly that someone tried to help but accidentally clipped its wings in the process. We wouldn't be nearly as resilient or strong. In fact, we could never learn to fly.

So like the wildebeest, we must go through our struggles and learn to walk quickly, and in many instances, we must learn to stand on our own two feet and run this race without the benefit of a coach; and don't look back! Never look back!

Lyndia Grant is a public speaker living in the Washington Metropolitan area; visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com. Contact her by calling 202-518-3192; send emails to fanniestelle@yahoo.com.