There is a little passage from Isaiah that someone told me a long time ago, something I like to keep in the back of my mind. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19 Partly it reminds me of another saying that if God brings me to it, He will bring me through it. There are reasons for the bumps and potholes in my road. Life’s journey is just as important as its completion. There are things which I am supposed to learn in this life, and these lessons are taught to me by the various happenings I have along the way. If I ask for strength, Creator does not just grant me strength. He sends me something that makes me stronger. If I ask for patience, He does not simply imbue me with patience. He sends me something that teaches me patience. If my thoughts, speech, actions are incorrect, He does not tell me to change. He sends me something that teaches me where I am wrong. When I find myself in an unpleasant place in life, I know that it is because there is something I am to learn from it. And if He brought me to this place, He will bring me through this place. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? The other thing about this passage, from a more life action point is that it reminds me to not live in the past. We do not live in the past. We live in the present. Nor do we live for the past. We live for the future. The past is to be used as a tool. We may alter our actions because of the past, but that is because we learned from it and are attempting to modify the future. But we do not dwell in the past. As long as we try nothing new, as long as we change nothing, as long as we keep doing exactly the same thing, day after day, then nothing will change for us. If you are not satisfied with some aspect of your life, if you want your life to change in some way, you cannot continue to act and do and be the same as you are. If you act and do things the same as you always have, things will continue to be the same. If you want change, you cannot dwell in the past. Change is something that is elicited. Either from without or within, change is made, it does not happen by itself. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Think About It.