He was born the favored son to the favored wife in a polygamous family. From his childhood, he was looking ahead. His dreams of sheaves and stars foresaw a brilliant future.
His brothers responded with jealousy rather than joy. His naiveté put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. For a bit of cash the favored son was sold as a slave, but still, he looked ahead. Instead of bitterness, he developed readiness, and soon rose to a managerial role in a prominent Egyptian household. Once again, he found himself victimized by a lie. The house servant became a prisoner, and yet, he still looked ahead. He became a trustee; a bright spot of hope in the lowest tier of Egyptian society. Again, he chose readiness over bitterness.
One day the dreamer was asked to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. He was spot on, and Pharaoh placed him in a tailor-made job: Forward planning for hardship. He reconciled with his brothers and looked forward to seeing his father again. At the peak of power his entire family lived in Egypt, under his provision. To the last, he looked forward, giving orders concerning the removal of his bones to Canaan.
Forward-looking people rarely make a waste of life. Joseph never looked back.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.