August 17, 2022 –
People like to reminisce. According to many experts, reminiscing can positively affect our emotional well-being. While remembering nostalgic memories of the past is good, taking to the extreme and looking back to negative memories can become hazardous.
The Bible is God’s Word and contains hundreds of stories; one gives a picture of the poster child for looking back — Lot’s wife. The story of Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt is told in Gen. 19:1-26.
Looking back, she disobeyed God. She looked back and remembered her “good” times in the city. Back in Sodom were sons-in-law, friends, and, sadly, her home. Lot’s wife had her heart still in Sodom, looked back, died, and became a pillar of salt.
In Luke 17:30-33, Jesus warns us not to look back. “It will be like this (God’s destruction of Sodom) on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.”
You can’t be happy and dwell in the past. Eliminating negative thoughts such as, “I should have, I wish I had,” and “I could have” keeps you from living in the present. According to the famous English novelist George Eliot. “It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.”
Do not look back; you have a new day. God has your back.