Something seem not to click when I see people playing blaming games concerning who they’re now.
During the 2008 United States presidential election, Rick Warren, an evangelist and a pastor hosted the Civil Forum on The Presidency at his church with both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. No one talked about it. No one wrote horrible articles or overpraised him. The media seemed deaf and dump. But Obama later sparked controversy when he asked Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009. Hope you’re getting the picture I’m painting here?
I’ve realised over the years that we as humans prefer the part of the truth that favours us. Upon personal examination in many churches for seven years, I can boldly conclude without hesitation that 90% of the congregation I’ve mingled with prefer to hear or read the part of the Bible that seem to praise them or give them some sort of hope. Ain’t we selective? “The good old God shall provide” is all the preacher needs to say to keep the congregation cheerful, but consequently making them lazy. But it’s not his fault. That’s what we want to hear. Is that not the case?
Now let me take you back. Apostle Paul said to the Philippines in Philippians 3:13-14; “Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” Careful how you interpret this verse or you’ll surely throw away the past.
Our memories store millions of pieces of information gained through our senses since birth. Some experiences are impossible to forget, and any effort to forget them only makes them more prominent. Paul is not advising a memory wipe; he is telling us to focus on the present and the future, rather than the past. Hope am clear now.
Then Rick Warren was absolutely right when he said in his book – The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?; – “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it”. This book has sold over 30 million copies making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.
Now doubt not this; that the foundation of whatever we’re today was laid yesterday, that’s in the past. Hope you ain’t doubting? Good.
If so then it’s a mistake, no, a tragedy to forget about our past. What we are now is just the result of what we did yesterday.
We’ve to thank God for a new day and wish for better and fruitful hours ahead but pin this also in your head as you go about your daily routine; that we’ll be the product of whatever we’re doing now tomorrow. Yes. So whatever you’re now is just a product of your own yesterday. Bear the consequences please.
This is why “forgetting the past theory” seem to be a subtle enemy to me because by forgetting our own yesterday we tend to either blame God or others for what we’re today. Right?
Whoever planted that perception, that forgetting the past is the sure way to move on, only spew consoling words to your heart. And mind you consoling words are temporary. Do you wanna hear that again?
The best way forward. I repeat, the best way forward; is to cast back our minds and correct ourselves by realizing some minor mistakes we took for granted. By doing so we will be building a better tomorrow by learning from our yesterday. Did I make sense? Well don’t tell me am throwing another weird theory. This is simply a natural law.
When we forget the past it means we’re lost. It means we’re on a journey without destination.
Let me not forget this. My late grandpa held many opinions about the importance of our past and “knowing something”. Yes you must know something. Pharaoh killed the entire army of Egypt by pursuing Moses and the miserable Israelites simply because he knew not history then.
And now grandpa’s favorite phrase is echoing in my ears; “If you don’t know where you’re coming from then you don’t know where you’re going”
Be conscious of your actions and deeds today for they’re the pillars of your tomorrow.
Even what you just read is a product of what I thought of yesterday.
BENJY. ANDOH. SERGIUS ®