Sometimes, a trip down memory lane only serves to bring my spirit down. All the horrible things that have happened, the mistakes I've made, and the mountain of regrets, all cast a depressing shadow on my present and future.
That's not why the past exists, though. In fact, it shouldn't bring me down, but, instead, propel me forward. You know why? When you follow the timeline of your past, you can trace the hand of God! In every event, He was present, guiding you through the trouble and pain, towards a future filled with promise.
See? That's encouraging, not discouraging. It's another reminder that He sends, to tell me of His plan, and to assure me of His faithfulness.
Plus, then, the struggles that I'm going through now will serve as landmarks when I look back, powerfully demonstrating the ways that God is guiding me home.