Your Past Is Not Your Future

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Phil.3:13-14 KJV

One January when we had a bad snowstorm here in Detroit, my late husband and I decided to do some spring cleaning in our attic. In the course of our project, I ran across a box of old long-playing albums.

As I sorted through the record collection, reminiscing about “the good ole days,” (which really weren’t all that good) the thought occurred to me that I could no longer listen to these old records. We had replaced our outdated stereo sets with c.d.s and tape players long ago. My, how times have changed.This brings to mind a thought that I want to share with you. Some people need to get a new record collection. They have been playing those long-playing albums (LPs far too long. Too many folks are living in the past listening to old records. Time is stolen from enjoying present happiness, and we paralyze our future by replaying, reviewing, and rewinding past history. But, in order to do this, we are going to need a new “set” – a new mindset.

Living in the past is “iffy.” Valuable time is wasted repeating over and over again: “If I had done this or that, things would be different.” Yes, it is true, things would have been different. But you didn’t do it differently, and thinking about it now can’t change what happened then. Your past, no matter how tragic or terrible, is gone. You can never reach back into it and change it.

Even the wonderful parts of your past are gone. So stop wasting time and energy trying to relive the past. God never goes back, though He is the only one who can. He goes forward. He is always looking ahead and moving beyond the present.

Friends, it’s time to get a new record collection. Let me leave these words from scripture with you:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there by any praise, think on this things.” (Phil. 4:8)

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