"Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let is sleep on the bosom of Christ." ~ Oswald Chambers
I took the following picture the other night with my cell phone when I was blessed to have dinner with my two best friends from high school. Although I've seen them both at different times, it was the first time we had all been together in one place in quite some time. It was such a blessing!
Being with these two girls, in many ways, had a healing aspect to it. It brought me full circle and allowed me to get in touch with some old feelings and good memories. But, as good as the memories of those days are, there are other memories from my past that aren't so good. Regret is a feeling that I try not to dwell on. Satan uses regret to halt us in our tracks and hinder our forward progress with Christ. We can't live a life of excellence if our minds are on the pit that God lifted us up out of! I've made mistakes. I've made poor choices. I've sinned. God knows all about it. He's dumped it into his sea of forgetfulness! Satan, on the other hand, remembers everything it seems. He brings that old stuff to our minds for one reason and one reason only, and that is to halt our progress in this Christ journey we are on.
When I had a problem or was troubled about something as a teenager or young woman, my mother would often say, "Just lay it at the foot of the cross." And, so that's what I do daily. God's got all that stuff that plagued me in the past, and people, sometimes the past is just yesterday! My objective is to keep moving forward with Christ unhindered by sins and mistakes that He has already forgotten.
So each day, let's . . .
"Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the irresistible future with him."
~ Oswald Chambers