Although many people enjoy playing the role of Monday morning quarterback, some are haunted by prior mistakes. Like a back up quarterback who is adored until they get in the game, an embarrassing moment while in the spotlight can stay with individuals for years. Every time someone tries to move on, the stains of time appear in the rear view mirror.
As for me, I can think of several days I would like to forget or get a mulligan to do over. One of things I regret the most in life is not telling one of my best friends from high school the reason for my new found joy. Before I had another open invitation to share my faith, she died of cancer. This image returns in various forms such as her favorite songs, topics of previous conversations and visions of a precious smile. Even when you try, its hard to let go of pain from your past.
A common theme professed by pastors in history refer to the devil reminding sinners of their past. Once preoccupied by guilt, remorse and shame, new believers are unable to experience the new beginning promised by Jesus. Thus, souls live in fear, with one eye on the future and the other in their rear view mirror. May any of you stuck in the past experience a resurrected spirit, washed by the blood of the Lamb, Colossians 2:13-15.
by Jay Mankus