Do Not Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today
~ Will Rogers ~
One of the great dangers that can debilitate our lives is living too much in the past. That does not mean we do not learn from the past. The past and our decisions can provide wisdom for the future; learning what to do and not do next time! But if we are caught up in the paralysis of analysis it is hard to enjoy the present and anticipate the future.
For some of us there are issues of shame or guilt in the past and we have a hard time breaking free and accepting the forgiveness of Jesus. The apostle Paul was all too aware of his past, both the good and bad. He had the right family and religious pedigree. (Philippians 3:4-5) He had received a holy mission from the highest religious authority of the day, and he carried it out with complete zeal capturing and killing Christians. (Philippians 3:6; Acts 7:58, 9:1). But then he found Jesus - or Jesus found him, and then everything changed. (Acts 9:3)
However, I imagine there were times when upon reflection Paul felt a sense of shame and guilt as to his prior life. But then Paul would remind himself and us;
"Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead I press on to the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore as many as are mature have this attitude and if in anything you have a different attitude God will reveal that also to you." (Phil. 3:14-15)
If you have to think about the past, then remember:
- The Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world.
- The death of Christ gives me eternal life.
- The blood of Jesus has set me free.
- I am forgiven.
Hallelujah. (Praise Yah: Hebrew Imperative & short form for Praise Yahweh)
I hope to live today in light of tomorrow with an attitude of gratitude.
Do not let yesterday take up too much of today.
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,