"We have too many historians and not enough pioneers." These words were spoken recently by Ron Jaworski on ESPN sports radio. His comments imply that in today's world, people love to critique past events with gusto and confidence. However, few are to be found who courageously problem-solve as they venture into the future. I agree with Jaworski.
Critiquing the past without investing work and creativity into future solutions is harmful. In the emergency department I made a rule that criticism could only come when coupled with ideas for a new solution – hard to do but a key to pressing forward. Obviously, understanding history and learning from my mistakes is important. It is also important for me to remember that God is in my future.
Speaking through His servant, Isaiah, God said:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
Join me in pressing forward with confidence into 2012 remembering that Jesus is already there with answers we need.
Sharing the journey with you,