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Stop Looking In The Rear View Mirror

Updated on July 30, 2010

Have you ever noticed? When you look in the rear view mirror too long you will start driving out of the lane go off the path, sometimes even cause an accident.

Looking in your past can also cause this affect. If we constantly look in our past it can cause us to go off the path of righteousness. We could end up making bad decisions. We could waste time bothering ourselves with dumb questions. "Why did I do that?" or "If only I could go back and change the past." Yes, we should learn from our past. But, Unfortunately here is nothing we can do to change it. Not one thing can change our past. So why keep thinking, If I only did this or that differently. This is wasted energy. Energy that could be used in a more positive manner such as praying.

If God forgives our sins then why do we always re-hash. He throws them into the sea of forgetfulness and remembers them no more. So why should we?

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

We should think on good things.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Sometimes when we are in some sort of depressed or negative state this is hard to do. I suggest that you write down all the things you are thankful for and all the blessings that God has blessed you with. Keep the note with you. When feeling down just take it out and read it. Perhaps you will want to add more stuff to it.


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    • Sky321 profile image

      Sky321 7 years ago from Canada

      Hey, Elijah Returns How's it going? Send some pictures or maybe make a hub about it.

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      Elijah Returns 7 years ago

      Hi, Luanne, love you lots, great article....I leave Jerusalem soon for the Negev.....take care always

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      Sky321 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad you liked it Martie. It is something I have to continually remind myself.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Sky, you have given me a brand new perception! Great advice!

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      Sky321 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you all for your uplifting and helpful comments.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Great Hub Sky321. It has always been my practice to live in the moment, never looking back, never looking forward, but focusing on the here and now, so that I do not miss even one moment of joy and happiness given to me by God. One of my public school teachers in grade 5 told us:

      "Focus on today for yesterday is past and can not be recaptured, and there is no such thing as tomorrow, for when tomorrow finally arrives, it is today."

      Think about it.

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      fred allen 7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Tha rearview mirror is a great analogy! Forgetting what is behind I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of me! Great advice, great hub!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      GREAT HUB.I keep a typed All MY BLESSINGS paper in my master bathroom, and it is positione over my light switch. Can't miss it.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Sky 321, You have selected a great picture! While going forward an occassional glance back is okay! It reminds you of where the Lord has brought you from and helps you appreciate where you are going... But if you look back too hard and long you can get distracted! Focus on God, in His time HE WILL work it ALL out for your good!

      "Whatsoever things are true..." Think on these things Wonderful Scripture! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      ama83 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I agree that it is a waste of our time and energy to dwell on past mistakes. However, instead of looking back on our mistakes with regret, we should acknowledge that we learned something from those past experiences. I have often remembered the disappointments of my past and have come to realize that they were really blessings in disguise. When one door closes, another one opens. I believe things happen for a reason.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another great hub, Sky. Thank God for Micah 7:19!

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Sky321, great Hub. Thank you muchie.