Move on!

Yesterday ended last night. Today is a brand-new day.

Zig Ziglar

Do you know your actions can hinder the change you desire? Yes, they can. One of such actions is when you find it difficult to allow the past and its negative results to go to the past. Unfortunately, you can’t pull the past into the future, so it rather pulls you unto itself. And that’s why you feel unable to move forward daily. It’s like failing an exam a year ago but still living with the freshness of its regrets. And what it does is, it eats you up, preventing you from settling and preparing for re-sit.

Do you know you have the drive for perfection? Yes. You do. God built it into you. That’s why you regret when you perform poorly or do something wrong. And you wish the action wasn’t committed, or it isn’t you who committed it. Or you wish you can reverse the clock and do the right thing. Sometimes you just wish the world ends so you wouldn’t see the regret of what you did. But all these feelings are normal.

Regret is a sign of an imperfect man wanting perfection.

But the big question is, how long should you regret? Forever? No. Not at all. The main purpose of regret is to remind you that you could have done better. Not only so, it’s supposed to fuel you to chatter the perfect course. So,

If you have a prolonged regret with symptoms of poor self-esteem, hopelessness, depression, anxiety and bitterness, know that the regret isn’t serving its purpose.

Some people live as if they can change yesterday and its unpleasant actions, regretting for so long. But Hilliard MacBeth wrote, “What’s done is done.” No action, whether good or bad, is reversible. Else Judas Iscariot would have quickly reversed his evil act and maintain a clean sheet. This is why you say “Sorry” or confess unto repentance. To express your inability to reverse the evil act and also express your regret for it. The only opportunity you have to show any improvement in your action is the minute(s) after you did what you did.

Today and tomorrow are both opportunities we have to improve on the actions of yesterday, of which we regret.

As far as you’re human, you’ll make mistakes. At some point in your life you’ll mess up. The call by God for us to “repent“, “be complete in Christ”, and “be perfect” is a proof of our journey from imperfection to perfection. Among the mistakes you’ll commit, some will be big. Some small. Some you’ll find quite easy to forgive yourself. Others….Ouch, you’ll find tough. In whichever situation, your approach is what matters. Just like you give to Caesar what’s Caesar’s, learn to give what belongs to the past to it. However, in the case of sin, you must confess and repent.

A mere forgetting or pushing aside a sin doesn’t clear it.

Yesterday ended last night. Yes, it did. Each night is like the wall that divides a bedroom from a sitting room. It’s to separate yesterday from today. It also signifies the closure of yesterday just like an account is closed at the year end. Ruminating on the regrets of yesterday is the easiest way to destroying your today and tomorrow.

Therefore, one act you must master if you must make it in life is, learn how to always shut the door to yesterday and its unpleasant results. Norman Vincent Peale advises, “Yesterday ended last night. Every day is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on.” Your default habit should always be opening and dwelling on the fresh pages of the good today and tomorrows promises. It isn’t all together bad visiting the past. But if you do, make sure it’s for good.

Even God, advised, “….remember not the things of old. Neither the former things. I will do a new thing and it will spring forth…..”In essence, be like Apostle Paul who said, “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

Permit me to say, the most difficult people to live with aren’t those who have a horrible past, but those who dwell on it. Prolonged regret shifts only one thing, your joy, your energy.

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  1. “It isn’t all together bad visiting the past. But if you do, make sure it’s for good”.
    Great. Keep it up, bro. More grace to you. 🙏


    1. Yes oo, R.O.
      Amen and amen. I’m very much grateful.


    1. I’m very much grateful oo, boss.


      1. Awolba Baba Jones May 7, 2022 — 7:39 pm

        This is remarkable, nice and thank you


      2. I’m very much grateful boss.


  2. Fred Sena Agbele April 18, 2022 — 9:22 am

    “The main purpose of regret is to remind you that you could have done better and to fuel you towards perfection ”
    That’s a great piece.
    “The most difficult people to live with are those who dwell in their past” This is so true.
    God bless you and continue with your good work.


    1. Awww. I’m very much grateful, my boss. It’s a privilege having you read my materials. I’m grateful.


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