I’ll be honest. I am not naturally one of those guys who looks too often in the rear view mirror. I don’t usually focus on my past. I am usually looking forward. I choose to focus on progress I have made rather than the mistakes I have made.
Many of us have the tendency to dwell on our past. We dwell on our hurts. We dwell on all of the dumb things we have done. We dwell on our sin.
I view all of this as part of the journey that has made me who I am, and I thank God for it.
Think about this: If I can look back over my life and be proud of everything I have done in the past, it means I haven’t learned anything or would do anything differently! If handled properly, mistakes help me make progress. mistakes help me learn. Mistakes cause me to run to God. Mistakes help me change.
Have I made mistakes? You bet I have. My sin list form the past is long! I’ve repented of my sin. Have you? The word “repent” at its root means to change the way you think. I don’t think the same way I used to about a lot of things. I have learned a lot! I have repented from old sins and moved onward and upward.
Have I learned from my mistakes? You bet I have. Am I a better man and leader that I used to be? You bet I am. Have I made progress since then? You bet I have. Will I be better a few years from now than I am now? You bet I will be! My focus is entirely on getting better...not getting bitter because of my past!
Do some people want to focus on mistakes I have made? You bet the do. I just choose not to allow those people to define or impact my future.
I can’t do anything about the past but I can do almost anything about my present and future.
It’s impossible to take new ground when we’re focused on ground that has been lost.
So, I focus on taking new ground. I focus on getting better. I focus on new growth. I focus on new ideas and new relationships.
I focus on my progress, not my mistakes.
Because of that focus, I will be better tomorrow than I am today.
What about you? What will be your focus today? Mistakes? Or Progress?