As the sun sets the day ends and you can never get it back!
I was lying in bed last night, feeling a little maudling, thinking about the past. The words of a few people over the years popped into my head. One was this phrase "God is more interested in who we are becoming than who we have been"
I like that phrase a lot, actually it probably explains my own aversion to amateur christian counseling. A friend once said to me "counseling is past focussed and negative whilst God is future focussed and positive"
You can't change the past and if the truth be known you can't really do much about the future, you can plan ahead but there are so many variables in our universe that nothing ever turns out as you predicted it would!
I remember reading CS Lewis's Screwtape Letter, the senior devil says to the junior devil something like "Whatever you do don't let the human live in the present, he can live in the past or in the future but if he lives in the present he is dangerous"
I guess I am fed up with half baked counseling culture, lets all curl up on a couch in the fetal position and get in touch with our past. Until we face the past we can't move on, I'm not to sure about that; move on, live with it, we're all damaged.
In the bible there is the story of Lot's wife who looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Salt is a preserving agent and she was also rooted to that spot. We don't want the past to preserve us, petrify us and keep us rooted to the same spot.
You can forgive past hurts; but whoever came up with that forgive and forget line? You can't forget the past you just have to form a better relationship with your memories.
Yes we have scars, they make us who we are. We need to learn from the past and in some ways the past does define who we are, but we can't live in the past. I don't believe that is where God wants us to live.
I'm more interested in who I am becoming than who I have been, I think God is to.
Maybe I have been watching to much "House"