What has the past told us about ourselves, our preferences, our dedications, our mission in life?
Can we build a future on what this reveals? Because we are all a work-in-progress, our focus is dependent upon what we discover in ourselves that might be commendable. We will always find something we will regret !
I suspect that is the foundation for depression that many might feel, seeing themselves having traveled the wrong road, or having made bad decisions. It would be unlikely that anyone would find a perfect performance. And, they often are unable strike a balance.
We are judged by ourselves and others all along the way. Those assessments have resonated and are accepted or pushed aside. It is the size and resolution of that inventory that may well determine our future choices.
We are told not to dwell upon the past. Perhaps not even to be the first to say that 1000 years ago, was Omar Khayyam who wrote: “The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on. Nor all the piety nor wit, shall live it back to cancel half a line; nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”
Obviously. Omar was speaking of negative experience. That would leave us to the issue of our common interest in remembering, even recreating, certain positive ones. What is to be gained by that?
Remember another quote that goes something like; “Remembering the past is fine, but be careful not to take up residence there.”
I would say in agreement, that we cannot live in the past. Our Father God invites us to become a new body and soul in our commitment to Christ through our own delivery from who we might have been,,,,,,, but for His Grace.
I think He calls upon us not to forget past things, but be encouraged by the promise that the same comfort and forgiving Grace is ongoing. We must always “take up residence” in these blessings.
Add to this from the promised future in heaven, which is secure for the believer. Our task is to make the very best of the present that we can, and use our Gifts to Witness to others………. celebrating His gifts of the past that are destined to shape us into a “Good and Faithful Servant” of the future.