Life is like a painting that has been covered up except for one small portion that peeks at the picture underneath. To try to understand the whole painting based solely on that glimpse is impossible, but as time passes and more of the art is uncovered we are better able to look upon that which has been revealed with a greater sense of comprehension. We gain this perspective not only through personal reflection but also biblical reflection, allowing every page of the Scriptures that we breathe in to literally exhale the covering on the painting off a bit further.
An online friend recently proposed this idea, though...
Maybe when Kiekegaard says, “LIFE MUST BE UNDERSTOOD BACKWARDS” he is not referring to history…I really believe a leader is one that can see the future, and then see the steps to get there…like seeing things backwards. In my own ministry development, I have had to look at a problem, stretch myself to see the end result, and then determine the proper steps backwards through the issues to get to that point.
Hmm... interesting theory. So when I try to understand the future I must understand it backwards.
i.e.: "Unless Jesus comes back first, I want to die a godly man with a godly legacy, so... by the time I am 70 I should have a godly relationship with my grandkids... by the time I'm 60 I should have a godly relationship with my adult kids... by the time I'm 40 I should have a godly relationship with my teenage kids... which means that now I need a godly relationship with my toddlers... which comes out of a godly relationship I have with my wife... which comes out of a godly relationship I have with God."