As a pastor, I frequently walk with people through their hurts, pains, and disappointments. Sometimes, in the midst of their pain, people will ask me, “Is it too late for me? Is it too late for God to do something with me?” Those questions come out of a deep place where people think their many failures have caused them to forfeit their God-given destiny. When asked that question, I always have one response: “No, it’s not too late. It’s never too late for God.”
God frequently uses broken people to accomplish his purposes on earth. Yet when you’re staring at your past, strewn with failure, it’s difficult to see your bright future, just as it’s difficult to drive when you’re constantly looking in your rearview mirror. When you drive, you need to glance at your rearview mirror, but if you continue to look there, you will end up hurting yourself and the others around you. That’s why the windshield is so much larger than the rearview mirror—the windshield shows you where you’re headed, not where you’ve been.
—Tony Evans in God’s Unlikely Path to Success
Adapted from God’s Unlikely Path to Success by Tony Evans (Harvest House, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.