One of the instructors at the Y always inspires me.  She is my ideal of how I would love to look (if I were 30 years younger and had her body type and was willing to work out 8 hours a day)  While teaching the class, she is also motivating all of us slugs.  In today's spinning class, she told us---

"You can't go backwards.  There is no going back.
If you were to go backwards, your ears would fly off."

It was ALL I could do to not jump off that bike and start writing.  It certainly took my mind off the work and pain for a while!

SO that is why God made our ears with the flaps toward the back of our head!  AND that is why we run/cycle/walk frontwards---WHY our ears are so precariously mounted on our heads that the slightest wind will blow them off!


But of course, the wheels started spinning in the bottomless pit of my mind.  When do we go backwards--when is it appropriate or is it ever?  

I have read articles promoting walking backwards and have a good friend who could even run backwards--we all disliked her intensely since we were struggling going frontwards!  It stands to reason if God had intended us to walk backward, we would have eyes in the back of our heads!

My exercise mantra is "All Forward Motion Counts"--you will note--there is NO mention of backward motion.  We do have a swimming stroke called the "Back Stroke"--but are we going backwards or are we going frontwards on our backs?

ALL THIS leads here---I had a comment on a blog recently by a sweet friend,
"Grace is all about do-overs."  I have done a great deal of thinking about this.  Does grace mean do-overs, or re-do's or does grace mean try again?  We surely cannot go backward in life and re-do.  We can fess up, ask forgiveness, and go forth with change.  Grace entails forward motion in my pea brain.  I certainly do NOT want my ears to fall off--since they are my best feature--so I will keep going forth---in forward motion---one foot in front of the other---trying to do better and leaving my sin behind.

"Then neither do I condemn you,"Jesus declared.
"Go now and leave your life of sin."
John 8:11


  1. Oh Lulu, I so enjoyed your line about your friend who can run backwards! So funny!
    Forward is always better than backward, isn't it? I don't think my past is all that stellar that I need to revisit it again. The 'ears falling off' is a new saying to me, but I love how you interpreted it. Another bad thing about having no ears (besides looking funny) is that fact that we can't hear. Living the past means I can't listen to my future. Don't want that!

    I agree that grace involves do-overs. The grace of forgiveness and letting go makes sure I go forward. Forward to try again!

    1. Ceil, I am a STAUNCH believer in forward motion and thank God for His grace--so I can try again and again!
      Blessings to you, Friend!

  2. I had to chuckle on your post..Lulu, are you sure you don't live with us? What a great post..My husband just said to me, "Hey Linda..proud of you for not giving up. I knew you were getting frusterated." (several phone calls, trying to clear my name etc)--the old me would of just threw her hands up in the air, so tired of explaining to people about stolen identity. I think I prefer to keep one foot in front of the other. Keep moving forward..praise God, He sure is good, especially when IT to comes to listening. (and that gentle remainder that HE is in control, not the other way around) Blessings

    1. Have you looked in your back bedroom? It took an act of congress to get my driver's license here in TX---SO KNOW the frustration of governmental red tape. I applaud you as well!


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