Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name (Hebrews 13:15 ESV).
The mirrors on a car reflect where the car is and where the car has been. One does not look in the mirror to see where the car is going. The windshield, or window, looks forward while the mirror looks backward. While drivers must constantly check their mirrors, they should not stop looking through the windshield to see where the car is going. It’s not that the mirrors are don’t count; it’s just a matter of focus or priority.
Praising God is also a matter of focus. Choosing to praise God is a choice to look forward through the windshield despite what you see in the mirror. Praise to God directs our attention to him and gets our focus off our troubles or our failures. If we continually look at ourselves and our struggles, we may miss what the Lord is doing in front of us. Praising God helps us avoid becoming “distracted drivers” whose vision is limited to the mirrors.
Focus on the windshield and not the mirrors. Praise God even if you are discouraged by your circumstances. Praise him even if you do not feel like giving praise. Praise God for what is in the window and thank him for what is in the mirror. Find something worthy of praise and admiration; then spend some time thanking and praising God for his surpassing love, mercy, and provision in your life. Focusing your attention on him will take your attention off yourself, and then you will see God at work around you. The mirror reflects on the past; the windshield looks forward.