It’s New Year’s Eve 2015. As we move forward to a new year, we will likely take at least a brief look at this past year. As our mind goes through the various months, we will remember the good things and the bad.
As we think about the good, a smile may cross our faces. As the bad comes to mind, we may frown or shake our head but then, hopefully, we will move on. We most definitely don’t need to dwell on the bad. It does no good.
In the last year or two I read a piece of advice on why we should not dwell on the past. The writer said that when we dwell on the past… on the bad… it’s like taking the dead carcass of an animal and putting it on our tables… where we eat our food. Think about that with me… think about how gross that is… taking the dead carcass of an animal and putting it on our tables. I gag just thinking about it.
But, that’s akin to what we do when we dwell on the past. I don’t know what’s in your past. Most of us have some things we would simply rather not talk about. Today, as you prepare to move into a new year, with the Lord’s help, put the past behind. Yes, it happened. You can’t deny that but, you can move forward. Don’t pull that dirty old carcass on a dead animal up on your table in this new year.
Paul said,… “…forgetting what lies behind…” (Phil. 3:13) With God’s help, let’s do that.