Don't Look Back


"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you." – Psalms 37:4


We all have something in our life that’s holding us back from being the best that we can be and doing the best that we can do. Most of the time, in some form or another, that something is fear.

I’ve told this story once before, but since it’s been on my heart lately, I thought it would be appropriate to share it again.

A teacher wanted his student to learn about the world, so he invited him on a trip and made him

promise not to question his actions or ask for any explanations.

The student accepted the invitation.

One evening during their travels, the teacher and student came across a long road surrounded by a farm with a small, rundown house on it. The teacher and student needed a place to stay for the night, so they decided to see if anyone lived in the house.

They knocked on the door, and a tall, thin man who looked as if he hadn't shaven in years answered the door. The teacher told the man that they were traveling and needed a place to stay for the night.

The man happily invited them in and explained that his family lives in poor conditions, but they were welcome to stay the night.

After settling in the house, the man's family gathered around the teacher and student to hear about their travels. The teacher talked for about an hour but was more interested in hearing about the family's life.

The family told the teacher and student about their experience living in poverty, and despite their poor circumstances, they had each other.

They also told them about their one prize possession — their cow. The family's faces lit up while talking about their cow.

The cow is how they survived and kept a roof over their heads. They sold its milk to buy food.

The teacher was very intrigued, and after talking for a little while longer, everyone said their goodnights and went to sleep.

Early the next morning, the teacher woke the student up and told him that they had to leave immediately. They silently left the house without waking the family to say goodbye.

On their way back up the road, the teacher walked over to the family's cow and did something you would never imagine ...

He took a knife out his pocket and slit its throat. And then kept walking up the road.

The student froze in disbelief. He couldn't believe what the teacher just did.

Did he just slit the cow's throat? How will the family survive? After a moment of shock, the student ran up the road to catch up with his teacher.

As promised, the student didn't question his teacher or ask for an explanation. And the teacher never gave one.

Two years later, the teacher asked the student if he wanted to go on another trip with him. The student thought to himself, “Absolutely not, do you remember what happened last time?"

But his curiosity convinced him to go.

During their travels, the teacher and student approached the same farm they came across two years ago. To the student's surprise, that small, rundown house was no longer there.

There was now a beautiful, giant house in its place. The student felt terrible. He thought to himself, "That poor family probably had to sell their land to survive."

The teacher and student decided to ring the doorbell to see what happened to the family who lived there previously. A tall, well-dressed man answered the door.

They asked about the family who once lived there.

The man said, "It's me! Don't you recognize me?" It was the same man from before, but with nice clothes and a fresh shave.

He invited them in for a cup of tea.

As they walked in the house, the teacher and student were amazed. The house was different—the inside was completely renovated.

The man began to tell the teacher and student about the tragedy that happened the morning they left.

"Someone slit our cow's throat. It was probably one of the jealous neighbors who wanted all our business," the man said.

The teacher curiously asked what the family did without the cow. The man went on to explain how they were devastated—they didn't know what to do.

After a few weeks, they were nearly out of all their money, so they decided to use what they had left to buy some seeds to grow crops.

The crops grew, and they sold them to the neighbors. Soon, they had so many crops that they were able to sell them at the market.

The crops kept growing and growing, and their new business kept growing and growing too. The family completely turned around their life without the cow.

You see, the cow is what kept the family from moving forward. The family was bound in their comfort zone even though they knew they had to do something different to change their circumstances.

We all have "cows" in our lives that prevent us from receiving the blessings that God planned for us. Your cow might be fear, impatience, worry, an unhealthy relationship, doubt, or even the need to control every situation in your life.

"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you." – Psalms 37:4

Some of us, including myself at times, are resisting what God is trying to do in our lives because we are afraid to let go.

"If I give my tithes, I won't be able to pay my bills.”

“I know this relationship is bad for me, but who else will love me?”

“If I keep myself busy, I won’t have to be seen.”

“What if I take a chance and fail?”

We often give excuses for why it’s better to keep the “cows” in our lives, but God wants us to trust Him with all our situations.

I was reading Luke 8:37 yesterday, and I found it interesting that because the people were afraid, they begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone.

And he did.

God wants to help you with your challenges, but you must join Him in His work. Although He’s a persistent God, if you choose to not give Him your whole heart, you won’t receive His best.

He gave you free will and won’t force Himself on you. But if you choose to give your deepest fears to God, He will come through for you in ways you couldn’t even imagine.

Slit your cow's throat by trusting God and giving every situation to Him. Don’t look back, and let God show you the necessary steps to move forward.

"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." - Philippians 3:13

As always, I’d love to hear from you. What’s the "cow" in your life that's holding you back from receiving God’s best? Comment below, and I look forward to chatting with you.

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You were born to do great things. Don't look back.

- Mags