Yesterday’s a done deal. The actors left the set, the lights are off, the crew went home. The film is “in the can.”
In life, unlike the movie industry, we don’t get to edit the film. We can’t do a retake. It’s done.
All we have is today.
If you didn’t like how the scene went yesterday, study it. What went wrong? Is there a chance that there will be a scene like it in the future? What could be done differently?
We can spend today beating ourselves to a pulp for yesterday’s performance, or screaming at the cast for not getting their parts right.
It won’t change a thing.
It can’t be undone. The words taken back, the actions erased. They are what they are. There will be no opportunity to shoot the scene again.
Today is tomorrow’s history.
If you want a better history, then live a better today!
I can be a “past-er” living in the past, playing out each day as if it is a rerun of my yesterdays, carry a “victim” mentality and fail to mature;
I can become a “pastor,” who is able to herd others to healing, bring them to the Lord Who Heals, and experience the joy of being a witness to their transformation.
“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way…
“Finally, brothers (and sisters 😉 ), whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence and/or worthy of praise, think about these things.
“Develop the habit of making everything a matter for prayer, giving thanks for all you have received. Then the peace of God which is beyond comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14-15; 4:8; 4:6,7…my paraphrase)
Finally, we must remember that Jesus already overcame the world. We are not fighting for victory, but from a position of victory. This understanding changes everything!
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses…God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us for it all. He cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands – it was nailed to His cross. There He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them! (Colossians 2:13-15-ish, paraphrased)
Stand tall, stand firm, eyes on Jesus, and may the peace of God keep your hearts as you turn your anxious thoughts into praise for what He will surely do!