It is important that we, from time to time, find time to reflect on our past – much more when we have attained a milestone like the 60th Anniversary. As we introspect, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. What did we do well? What did we not do well?
After a very honest reflection, we will find that there are many things that we have done well. We need to affirm those things and consolidate them as we march into the future.
However, we will find that there are things that we have not done very well – mistakes have been made; maybe relationships strained in one way or another. We will need to take a bold step to look into our past and make amends through reconciliation and forgiveness where relationships have been injured.
We should not allow our past success or failure to imprison us or hold us back. Reconciling with the past is the first step in pressing forward toward our high calling and goals. There is a lot that lies ahead that God has in store for us.
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee, Leave thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily, I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou has paid the uttermost farthing.
But one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.