There is an old Chinese proverb that says a man who keeps one eye on the past is blind in one eye. A man who keeps no eye on the past is blind in both eyes. Virgil wrote that Aeneas founded Rome after the fall of Troy. He said that Aeneas fled burning Troy with his father on his back and leading his young son by the hand. What a parable of life this is. The ideal way to deal with the future is to consider the past along with the future.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.