I will live in the past, the present, and the future. (Charles Dickens, 19th century British writer)
Dickens’ statement seems contrary to a lot of current advice to suggest that we must live in the present. We can’t go back to the past, and we can’t project into the future. Of course, we all realize that what’s happened in the past does have a great influence on today, and we should not forget it. And we must live today in light of what we hope and plan for tomorrow. That’s life.
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again. (Ecclesiastes 3:15)