Yesterday is over, it ended last night.


This quote hangs near the door to my office. It was put there to remind me to get over the things that I no longer have control over and to get on with the things that I can change today. In short, it reminds me to live in the present.


One of the things I have noticed in people after preaching for a quarter century is that most people live in the past. They are disappointed in their own actions, they are angry at the actions of others, and they are frustrated at the things that didn't go the way that they would have preferred. The ironic part of this is that by focusing so much on the past, they fail to change the very things that they wished they had taken care of differently, and they doom themselves to repeating a life of frustration.


So what in your past do you wish was different? Can you see that by allowing yourself to dwell so much in the past that you are limiting the things that God wants you to accomplish today?


For example, are you saved? Are your loved ones? Are you sure?


Yesterday truly is gone, and all of the wishing in the world will not bring it back. The beautiful thing about being a Christian, though, is that you still have the same amount of time left today  that you did all those yesterdays ago: Eternity!


What will you do with that eternity?  If you are not sure, why not start finding out today. The right answer to this question is found within the pages of the Bible...


and you can start today! All you need to do is put yesterday in the past where it belongs, and focus on the things that are within your reach today. Paul said something about this very thing nearly 2,000 years ago:


Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  - Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, - I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Philippians 3:12-15, NKJV