Today I was looking at old pictures with two of our children. It was fun to look back at when the kids were little. It reminded me of how quickly time goes by and that we need to use our time wisely.
Of course we all have regrets for things we did or did not do. We need to repent of those sins which we’ve committed. Or, forgive those things done against us. But we cannot continue to live in the past. Nothing can be changed. As Paul wisely said,
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
When we cannot move on from the past, we paralyze ourselves and keep ourselves from achieving and receiving all that the L-rd has for us.
This is a great time to consider what past events, behaviors, etc., we are holding onto which keep us from reaching forward to those things which are ahead. We may need to ask forgiveness of someone, or make restitution if possible, but in the end, we must also not let past sins (of ours or others) weigh us down to where we are not useful for the Kingdom!