Along the roads we launch our waste,
No thought for travelers behind us;
We lack a vision, race in haste —
Our own decisions blind us.
The noise of children’s play,
No thought of yesterday
They’re chasing after.
The elder’s labored breathing,
He nears the gate;
His heart is barely beating,
His works await.
Thought for the day:
The past has much to teach us, so that the future can be brighter and better, and our service to God more effective.
The question is how to sift through and evaluate the past. The judicious use of good questions can take you far.
Another feature of using the the past is to remember how God has blessed and cared for us. Use the past as a register for God’s providence in your life.
My personality has little use for the past. It is wholly geared toward the future. This perspective has much to commend it, but having the past to bolster your present can provide much impetus and motivation for the future.
It all depends upon how we look at it.
Wm. Barclay comments on 1 John 3.1-2:
“John, then, begins by reminding his people of the privileges of the Christian life. He goes on to set before them what is in many ways a still more tremendous truth, the great fact that this life is only a beginning. Here John observes the only true agnosticism. So great is the future and its glory that he will not even guess at it or try to put it into inevitably inadequate words. But there are certain things he does say about it.”
Some of Barclay’s following comments are quite deficient in truth, but the very challenge of understanding our future glory speaks volumes about its marvelous nature. So much better will it be!