Dare 2B Daring - July 16, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward on their ancestors.” – Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Merriam-Webster defines posterity as “all future generations”. So, what Edmund Burke wrote in his pamphlet in 1790 simply meant this: you must look backward before you face forward.
George Santayana, an American philosopher and novelist, put it this way. “Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” Alternate versions of this saying have been attributed to Sir Winston Churchill and others.
I don’t know about you, but I think I am a lot wiser today than I was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Why, because I’ve evolved to a higher plane of consciousness? Hardly! On the contrary, I am wiser today because I have experienced so many different things – and made so many mistakes – during those intervening years.
As a result, I know what works and what doesn’t. I know what is bound to succeed and what is doomed to fail. And I know what causes pain (disobedience to God) and what causes pleasure (following His will).
There is an old joke that goes something like this…
A man walks into a doctor’s office and says, “Doctor, it hurts when I bang my head against the wall.”
The doctor looks the man straight in the eye and hands him a prescription. It simply reads, “Stop banging your head against the wall.”
My friend, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. After all, Theodore Roosevelt once said that “the only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” Albert Einstein echoed those same sentiments when he wrote, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Look back. Learn from your successes and failures. Face forward and try something new. Most of all, stop banging your head against the wall. Trust me… it hurts.
“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, “No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’” John 8:10-11 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President