“Yesterday is published. Tomorrow is already pre-produced. THIS is the day the Lord has made, so make the most.” ~ Stephen Furtick (from Psalms 118:24)
Focusing on the past and the future both have their benefits. A nostalgic look backward will either make us thankful or regretful, probably some of both. Obvious lessons from history desperately need to be learned. But, too much longing for the “good ole days” will cripple you in the present. Future gazing has its effects as well – both positive and negative. Depending on my perspective, I can see it through eyes of faith or fear – which are actually two sides of the same coin. They both do the same thing. They both have the power to pull the future into the present – the invisible into the visible realm. Faith and fear are actually the same engine that will drive you into your future – you choose whether you will live it negatively in overwhelmingly world-destroying fear or live it positively in overwhelmingly world-changing faith! The choice is up to you.
Past and future are both important, but none as critical as the present. You can waste today regretting yesterday or fearing tomorrow. Or you can stand up in mountain-moving faith, knowing that the God of creation made you and has redeemed your past by the blood of His own Son and He holds your future in His hands. (See Phil. 1:6; Jeremiah 29:11; Psa. 138:8) A dreamy eye toward the future that doesn’t call us to action is a waste of time as well. Daniel 11:32 (ESV) says, “. . . but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” What are you doing with your TODAY? Get up! Take ACTION!