Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now they look as thought they’re here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday.” ~ “Yesterday” by the Beatles

The past. Funny how it impacts us. We all have one. For most of us the past is a mixed assortment of feelings. Some good. Some bad. And some we desperately wish we could erase. Things we wish we could change, words we wish had never been spoken, and second chances at wasted opportunities can haunt us all. The past and all of its mistakes and disappointments can become a weight that impedes our progress, stunts our growth and steals our joy. At the other end of the spectrum is the tendency to glamorize the past. We allow present pain and problems to distort our perception and memory. We put on rose-colored glasses and choose to remember only the good times, pretending that it was all glorious. In light of all this confusion, what should we do? The Bible says this, “…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on…” Yesterday is gone. Good or bad, it’s gone. All we have is today. Let go of the past and leave it in the hands of a loving God. And in that freedom stop letting your “yesterday” hold you back.