You’ve seen the road signs that say, “Danger Ahead!” It’s a fair warning to be careful as you advance on your journey on the highway. But in life, there’s danger behind you too. And the danger I’m referring to is when you spend more time looking back at the past years of your life… either wishing you could have them back, or wishing you could totally erase it – because it haunts you every day.
Look ahead! You have a long life of promise in front of you… and you don’t want to do anything that could hurt your future. Because life is full of curves and twists… just like a country road. And just like the highway, if you take your eyes off the road of life too long… you might lose control and end up hurting yourself. Life changes quickly, you might have a good morning, but by noon, your day could be going in a totally different direction. But everything that’s behind you now… is gone forever… and you can’t get it back.
Many churches these days are filled with people who are spiritually crippled because they hold onto:
Tragedies of the past
… and they refuse to let them go. Others try to live in the past… making it into some kind of ‘utopia’, which too, can paralyze them from the present work GOD wants to do in their lives.
Looking back into the past… should be more of a time for reflection to be thankful; and not to savor what life was before – back when you felt you were happier. The journey of life itself – if reflection is “Real” and not through rose-colored glasses – can be remembered and seen as GOD’s work in you and through you.
Here is a good rule to follow to help keep you focused on the present:
To escape the distress caused by regret for the past or fear about the future, leave the past to the infinite mercy of GOD, the future to His good providence; give the present wholly to His love by being faithful to His grace. Because the only way to live “Is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle… Work at your work. Play at your play. Shed your tears. Enjoy your laughter. And have the time of your life.”