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Should we look back at the past or forward to the future?

“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?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
            We should look back at the past and learn from it and we should focus on the future and plan for it, but the key is dwelling on the past.  If we’re stuck in the past, we’re replaying our mistakes or living in the “glory years.”  That’s not healthy.  Our focus should be on the present (what we’re doing now) and on the future (what God can do in our lives).
            “New” is where our focus should be, not “old.”