As important as your past was to bring you to your present, dramatically more important is your present to bring you to your future, so why dwell on a past you can’t change when you can focus on a present you can change.
This goes in line with a verse of Scripture from Philippians 3:13 were it tells us to “Forget those things that are behind” note, it tells us to forget the past, it doesn’t say to dig it up.
Yes it’s a fact that buried in our past are unpleasant and painful experiences, but if we consciously dwell on them, feel guilty because of them, keep beating ourselves up over them we will begin to relive them. We can’t have a good future by dragging the past into the present, by doing so the past becomes our future. Or I can say it this way, continually criticizing yourself for past mistakes doesn’t help you, instead it tends to perpetuate the very behavior you want changed. Memories of past failures can adversely affect present performance. The minute that we change our minds, and stop giving power to the past, the past will lose its power over us! There’s an old saying that years ago I made apart of my life, it goes like this, about your past. “Don’t curse it, don’t nurse it, don’t rehearse it, instead disperse it, and God will reverse it!