I find myself either romanticizing “yesterday” or regretting it, both of which rob me of my best “today”. Either, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now I need a place to hide away oh I believe in yesterday “( old beatle fan?)…. or I get stuck regretting the missed opportunities, or the hurts I’ve inflicted, or rehearsing my mistakes. Either way there’s no future in gazing into the rear view mirror of life.
In fact, looking in the rear view will cause you to fear the future if your gaze gets fixed there. You begin to let your experiences dictate your expectations. It takes faith to move forward. The only reason to look behind you, is to keep from hitting something you’ve already passed….learn from your mistakes and then move on. The rear view mirror is only for going backward, and who wants to do that??? I’ve decided that all the best stuff is yet to come…forgetting what is behind, I’m reaching forward to what is ahead.
Just trust me…hehe..you’ll get into huge trouble if you’re trying to drive forward while looking in your rear view mirror ( I’ve been putting on lipstick and can tell you from personal experience…it’s not a good idea) . God gives us grace and strength and power to move forward, He feels so strongly about forward, that once you’ve confessed your sins, He” remembers then no more”….so you can move forward.
“13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13&14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)