don't look back: God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours the sinning,
I leave them all with Him Who blots the record,
forgives, and then forgets
don't look forward, God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long,
will lead me home,
And He will face with me its every trial,
for me the burdens that may come.
don't look round me: then would fears assail me,
So wild the tumult of earth's
So dark the world, so filled with woe and evil,
the hope of comfort or of ease.
don't look in; for then am I most wretched;
Myself has naught on which to
stay my trust;
Nothing I see save failures and short-comings,
endeavors crumbling into dust.
I look up -- into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, my fears
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness,
peace, and every hope fulfilled.
by Annie Johnson Flint
2Cor. 4:6 For
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
face of Jesus Christ.
Heb. 12:2 Looking
unto Jesus the author and finisher of
our faith; who for the joy that was
set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at
the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such
contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in