James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Experience tells me that when the devil brings up the mistakes of my past, the Lord must be about to do a good thing in me, thru me, or to me.
I woke up in the middle of the night, tired. I took a sip of water to refresh my dry mouth and laid back down. A flood of memories over all the stupid mistakes I made in my early years came flooding over me. That is not of God. God reminds me of scriptures that encourage me. His truth holds me firm in our loving relationship.
Influence is the only weapon Satan has in whispered lies, distractions, and sensual appetites. I know from experience that whenever Satan is on my case, God is at work for good.
Experience tells me there is nothing I can do about my past but forgive. I have forgiven myself and I have forgiven others. That is all I can do about the past. Looking back gains nothing of value to further the Kingdom unless perhaps it might be used to glorify God.
Experience tells me I did not come to this point in my life alone. It has been a journey with my Comforter, my Companion, my Guide, upon whom I depend and not myself. I can look back and give glory to God for who I am and where I am because I chose to do things His way.
If life is what you make it, what are you building? Is it a tower of self-interest or a temple of the Most High?
Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
If the wisest man who ever live said that, who am I to think I could do better.