These two Bible chapters are filled with a very inspirational act of leadership. Joshua has led the people. He now does something that is a big part of leadership. He calls the people to remember where they have been and what they have seen happen. He calls them to remember the law that has guided them along the way. He calls them to remember The Lord's mighty work. Here is one of my favorite parts:
“Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the LORD your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! (Joshua 23:14 NLT)
He then calls them to remember the Covenant between they and God. He calls them to commitment. They agree. He says 'no seriously, this is a big deal'. They agree again. He sets up a memorial to help them remember.
I think we are too good and remembering the bad things of our past and the past than we are at remembering the good things. We need to do more like Paul did:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)
Looking back doesn't have to be all about re-living the mess-ups of your life. How about a look back that celebrates what God has done and uses it as fuel for pressing on?!
Have a great weekend!