“We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely.” C.S. Lewis.
Most of us humans spend an inordinate amount of time musing over our mistakes, even our outright sins, and ask ourselves, “What might have been.” This wail is often clothed in the verbiage, “If only.”
This musing may involve financial mistakes, marrying the wrong person or failing to marry the right person due to society’s disapproval of the considered union. A famous poet wrote along the last group:
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen the saddest are these, it might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
Who among us has not wallowed in such mire?
Lewis’s last words in today’s first quote give insight toward getting over yesterday by pointing us toward what is to come.
Tomorrow is a blank page, and when it comes, we can by God’s grace make the most of it. The today’s of life when put together over time can amount to a life well lived and dreams accomplished. You cannot escape yesterday. The mistake/sin can be forgiven, and you can move ahead from that point.
Paul sheds light on the reason that we do not have to live a life of despair with this:
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV).
Along with the many scriptural bits of help in getting over yesterday, the Lord gives many people the gift of stating the summed truth succinctly. For instance, consider this one from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale:
Instead of moaning “if only,” simply say, “next time.”
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