“Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Dwelling on the past–the failures and the successes–is emotionally and mentally draining, and an utter waste of time because it cannot be recovered or redone. The greater tragedy, however, of being preoccupied with the past is that it causes you to miss what God is seeking to accomplish today. The view of faith is always a forward look; an optimism that, even in the dry, parched seasons of life, looks on the horizon ahead for the streams of hope that bring refreshment to our soul and a renewal of our strength.