Two Steps Forward—One Life Back

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)
“Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” (James 3:11 NIV)


“Robby! What are you doing?” Bretta yelled at her brother as she grabbed his iPod from his hand.

“Get off me, Bretta. You’re gonna’ get hurt.” Robby pushed his sister away as he smashed his CD’s with a hammer. Robby’s dad ran into his room.

“What are you doing, Robby?” His dad grabbed the hammer.

“All this non-Christian music I still like reminds me of how angry I was before I became a Christian. Every time I go two steps forward with the Lord, I go one life back when I listen to it. I see pictures of where I was when I listened to certain songs. Like being back there again—like I was the old me.”

“Well, I don’t have a problem with listening to secular music. I have lots of Christian music too.” Bretta huffed out of Robby’s room.

“Robby, sometimes listening to music can do that. You have to find a balance or just listen to Christian bands. There is a Christian band for every style of music. Come on, I’ll help you get this mess picked up.” His dad began putting pieces in the trash can.

“Thanks, Dad. Next time I go two steps forward, I’ll be careful not to go a whole life back!”

Just a little of the old life can add salt to fresh water. Turning back could stop you in your tracks!

Cindy Scinto

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