LOOK NOT BACK

In the first book of the Bible (Gen. 19) is related the story of Lot and his family, who were promised deliverance from the doomed city of Sodom but cautioned not to look back. We read that when Lot's wife disregarded the warning and turned for another look at the scene of destruction, "she became a pillar of salt." Bitter, indeed, is the experience of one who persists in dwelling in thought upon unhappy events in the past. Thereby he often suffers more than when the event supposedly occurred.

One reason, perhaps, why we are tempted to look back with regret is the suggestion that a mistake has been made; that if only we had it to do over again a very different course of action would be pursued, with far happier results. Examined in the light of spiritual understanding, however, the fallacy of such an argument is clearly seen. What is necessary in the present is to correct our thinking about the past and to be sure that our daily living is manifesting true growth. We must rejoice in the assurance that perfect intelligence always has governed and always will govern the universe, including man, thus proving the belief in past mistakes or fear of future ones to have no real part in our lives.

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