What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist)
Is it the past that fascinates you, thinking of the “good old days”? Or are you contemplating the future, and what could be? Both perspectives offer a lot to think about. But Emerson challenges us to do some introspection that may help us improve on the past and be better prepared for the future. After all, it’s our strength and character that enable us to live and serve well.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).