We do that in life, too. We try to go forward while looking back at our past. We return to anger. We entertain- what ifs and guilt. We rehearse our mistakes. We can’t seem to leave the past in the past. Sometimes, we throw it in a bag and carry it with us.
But, looking back while moving forward will:
- Confuse your progress
- Weigh down your heart
- Cause you to stumble
- Encourage bitterness
- Tear down the building
- Launch the tears -again
The best way to leave the past behind is to stop looking for it. If remembering your past does not benefit you in some way, it is time to let it go.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43: 18-19 (NIV)
So what if we’ve made bad decisions and mistakes. We learn. We are certainly not the sum of our mistakes. We are the sum of collective living -the good and bad.
"But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
Moving forward while looking back is not a natural thing and it can be hazardous. I don't know about you but I'm ready to stop carrying baggage that I don't need.