In today's hurried pace, we often neglect taking time to reflect on the past. I mean who really wants to think about the past when you have so much to do given your family, job and other commitments. Unfortunately, failing to reflect on the past often leads to two challenges:
1. We repeat the mistakes of the past because we use the same poor decision making process
2. We forget to recognize that God is in the picture and can help us make the right decisions
Reflecting on the past provides opportunity for us to recall our failures, not for the purpose of reliving the pain of the past, but to ensure we learn from it. Failing to do so will result in finding yourself thinking, "I can't believe I did that again!" The challenges of the past should always serve as learning opportunities to both help us grow and develop into the people God needs us to be. Reflecting on what led to the mistakes will help develop new decision making processes enabling us to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.
Reflecting on past also provides us the opportunity to recollect our past successes which remind us we are not alone, but under the watchful eye of our creator. We are reminded he has brought us great successes, particularly in times where it seemed improbable. His blessings remind us he loves us and wants to help us develop into the wonderful creation he intended us to be. Learning to trust him with our descision making will help us align those decisions with His word ensuring we are making good decisions. It reinforces His promise never to leave us or forsake us!
Remember to make time to reflect on the past, it can help! Just a little advice to go!