What’s Done is Done; A New Year Ahead

“What’s done is done.  There is no need to speak to Edmund about his past.”[0]

In C.S. Lewis’ Narnia film, one character, ‘Edmund, has recently betrayed his family and followed after the evil witch. Even though he has been disobedient, King Aslan sends his forces to rescue Edmund from the clutches of the evil witch. Immediately after Edmund has been rescued, we see Aslan talking with Edmund on the hill just before they return to the group.  As their private conversation ends, Aslan and Edmund walk back down to camp where Aslan says to Edmunds siblings, ‘What’s done is done.  There is no need to speak to Edmund about his past.’[1]

When I saw this movie recently, that line seemed to stick out for me.  I was reminded of how easily we, as humans, can fall in to Satan’s trap of self-denial, self-condemnation, self-destruction, thinking about the sins we’ve committed in our lives, the shameful things we’ve done in our past, the times we slip up and sin again and again.  We even get caught in the disgruntlement of life, the stress of life (ranging from work, family, children, money and friends to car crashes, stubbed toes, broken glasses and on and on).   We can be really hard on ourselves… and others.  It can demobilize us to move forward in life, because we’re so scared of what we have done in the past and that we’ll be found out, or we can’t heal and move on, or become chronic healers, or because we’re so focused on the stresses right in front of us and we lose sight of the bigger picture.

Maybe we get caught in a cycle of self-consciousness thinking that if we’re exposed, others will shun us, think badly of us, reject us and so on.  I know there are certainly things in my past that I’ve done that I’m not proud of, and you’d better believe I wouldn’t want to hang my dirty laundry out for everyone to see.  But, find me someone who hasn’t anything like that in their life.  You have it, I have it.  That’s life.  It’s okay.  What’s done is done.

Sometimes these things affect everything we do in life… our way of living, our social life, our work, school and so much more.  So many times it affects how we treat others… and we never realize it.  I remember a period in my life where I was really stressed all the time, viewing everything in my life as one big inconvenience, and it began to affect everything around me.  I was always in a bad mood.  Being mad at my life situation (which isn’t something I can point a finger at), I began turning on those closest to me… because I think at least then I could point fingers at someone besides myself.  I found flaws in everything and everyone, and it was all their fault.  I burned bridges, I made bad choices through that time, I’m shameful of how I was at that time in my life.  The plain fact is, I can’t take it back.  I don’t get a re-do, but that’s okay.  I can pick up from here… I can (and I have) search out what was causing the stresses at the root, and deal with it, and move on.  As it turns out in this particular situation, all the stresses, and inconveniences, were things inside me, and had very little to do with my work situation or relationships or anything else outward.  It was me.  Satan got a hold on me, and I never saw it.  Perhaps it’s the same with you.

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”[2] Though used in a different context when originally stated, I think the statement can stand true on its own.  From reaching a point of realizing and accepting what’s done is done, I think we have to move forward and onward.  I think there are things in our life which certainly calls for healing, and mending over a time, but at some point we’ll have to get up, brush ourselves off, and lay it to rest.  I think slick-and-sly Satan relishes the fact that he can get us convinced of how bad our life is, or how shameful our life is, or how stressed out life is and who all is causing it, thus causing us to ruin what’s in front of us, and cause us to lose sight of what really matters in our life.  Sometimes it’s simply a matter of perspective.

In the Bible, Saul, ‘intensely… persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.’[3] He was present, ‘and greatly approved’, of the death by stoning of Stephen, the first Christian Martyr.  Soon after, he set out to destroy the church of God, and went from house to house, arresting all he could who followed Jesus.[4] He destroyed countless lives during that time.  Well, as you probably know, Saul became Paul, an immaculate conversion, and went on to write 13 of the 27 New Testament books of the Bible.

Paul had good reason to live in regret of his past.  Paul had to live with what he had done in his past life.  Paul had to find a way to move on.  I absolutely believe that comes through knowing Christ, and the Grace of God, but I also believe God gives us some level of responsibility as well.  Paul once wrote, “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead…”[5]

As this new year starts, may we all understand that each and every one of us are fallen and broken sinners, and life and this world around us is the same.

As the new year turns, may we forget what lies behind, and reach forward to what lies ahead… ‘press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’

Lay your stresses and struggles, angers, hurts, regrets and past at the feet of Christ and keep moving forward.

Forgive those who need forgiving and forge on.

Rebuild those relationships that you may have hurt, seek forgiveness, and start anew.

Bring on a renewed, positive outlook on life with this new year ahead, and make life as exciting and adventurous and full as God intended.  It’s a new year… it’s a fresh start… and it’s your choice what you do with it….

Be blessed, and have a wonderful, happy, new year ahead!

“We will open up a new book. Its pages are blank. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce~

[0] The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Film; 2005)
[1] http://www.thesource4ym.com/videoclips/videoclip.asp?ID=211
[2] Isaiah 43:18
[3] Galatians 1:13-14
[4] Acts 7:54-8:3
[5] Philippians 3:13

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