“Never look back unless you’re planning to go that way.” This quote by Henry David Thoreau has been one of my favorite quotes of all time. Thinking of it, I perceive a few things.
- Until God permits us to successfully realize the concept of time travel, the past is unchangeable.
- No matter how good your past is, it is never better than your present nor future. : Another saying I love so much says: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”- Bil Keane. This suggests that the only tool you have to work with is ‘the gift of God’, which is ‘today’.
My past memories are some of the things I’ve been trying to repress these past months. In my divine encounter with Christ over the past year, I learned that the past is a tool the enemy holds on to in order to accuse us and hinder us from moving on into our destined assignments.
However, in the past few months, I’ve met a couple of people who, though they are now in walk with Christ, tend to speak so much of their past in glorious ways that sometimes depict their utmost love for their ‘past lives’. This, they sometimes explain as reviewing how far they’ve come. Be that as it may, they end up bringing it up more often than usual that it seems they wish they still had those lives in addition to what they have now.
In reading my Bible, I came across a scripture in the book of Luke chapter 9 verse 62. It reads “But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”(NLT) By this scripture, I understand that once we go Christ we need not look back else we are deemed unfit for the kingdom. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the writer (believed to be Paul the apostle) writes “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT).
When one turns over a new leaf, there is no good in always remembering things that are past. I haven’t had a bad past. In fact, my past was one hell of an experience. I barely talk about it because most of what I did I’m no longer proud of. Even the things I was revered for are now appalling to me. I sometimes wish I could wipe some of them off and some I pray stay buried forever. Quite recently I revived a memory I had repressed from back in 2006 when I spent some weeks behind remand bars because of a family misunderstanding. That memory struck me so hard I was left buried in thoughts for days. It is actually one of the driving forces behind this post. Though I know I wasn’t acting on my own accord but rather being manipulated by evil forces, I couldn’t help but wonder: “What other past actions am I repressing and how bad can they affect me?” Then the spirit of God reminded me of the scripture in the bible located in Philippians 3:13 which reads: “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (NLT) other versions say “forgetting what is behind (which explains that the past is meant to be behind us) and straining toward what is ahead“. Meaning, as new creatures, our main priority lies ahead.
There’s a song I’ve posted out on social media which has a side that says “the cross before me, the world behind be, no turning back” which is to say that the things of the world must be in your past. No matter how awesome your past is, it is a great error to keep your focus there. It is a major cause of backsliding in the journey of life and especially the Christian journey.
After 2 months of quitting my job as a club, Mixtape and party DJ, I found myself back in the club in December of 2016. It was after a series of remembering how fun it was in the club, how the music made you forget all your worries, how happy I made people look when I make them dance to their favorite music and how I always get paid for coming to have fun. As soon as I felt I was broke, I called a manager of a popular club and offered to play in his club. I wouldn’t want to go into details but it took the grace of God to quickly get me out of that mode.
The bible says in Isaiah 43:18 “Don’t remember the former things; don’t dwell on things past.“(ISV). It goes on to say “Behold I am doing a new thing” it means God is (present) in the process. If you keep dwelling in the past, you risk missing what God is doing. Live in the present cos that’s God’s gift to you. I remember Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo once said “I like the concept of the car. It is made with a big glass facing forward so you widely see where you’re going, and a tiny mirror that you occasionally glance at to see what’s behind” The only time you can look back is to see how far you’ve come but you do it while you’re still facing forward. And it’s made of a mirror so you only reflect on it, not face back to it.
You’ve seen the past. You’ve experienced it. Now it’s gone. Today is a new opportunity to create another past. Would you create a better one or waste time looking at what is already gone? DON’T LOOK BACK. YOU’VE BEEN THERE. YOU’VE DONE STUFF. THE QUESTION IS “NOW” WHAT?