Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV) Hebrews 12:1,2
What has the past told us about ourselves, our preferences, our dedications, our mission in life?
Can we build a future on what this reveals? Because we all a work-in-progress, our focus is dependent upon what we discover in ourselves that might be commendable. We will always find something we will regret !
I suspect that is the foundation for depression that many might feel, seeing themselves having traveled the wrong road, or having made bad decisions. It would be unlikely that anyone would find a perfect performance. And, they often are unable strike a balance.
We are judged by ourselves and others all along the way. Those assessments have resonated and are accepted or pushed aside. It is the size and resolution of that inventory that may well determine our future choices.
We are told not to dwell upon the past. Perhaps not even to be the first to…
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