Today: The past and gratitude

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.

We may put our finger on events…

“We may put our finger on events and decisions of the past that changed our lives for the worse, but we sometimes fail to consider the possibility that God may have wanted that change.” —Kerry Duke

Brother Duke speaks here mainly of changes in history, but can we apply this to personal events and decisions?