This is the beginning of 2017; therefore, it seems appropriate to talk about new beginnings and looking forward:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43: 18-19
The addict cannot spend too much time looking back, that only leads to despair and sadness. Too much dwelling on “what might have been” is counterproductive. You must look ahead. You must see your goal and strive towards it. You may not have grasped your goal yet, you may not have achieved perfect sobriety but you will if you keep reaching toward what lies ahead: feeling good about yourself, being back in control of your life, having money in the bank, being the spouse you are meant to be, being the child, the parent or the grandparent you are meant to be— being sober.
Do not completely forget the past, least you repeat it; but, do not dwell on it. Spend more time looking ahead than behind. God is making a way for you through this wilderness. He will provide you streams of living water to sustain you on your journey. You are becoming a new person, a better person, a sober person.
Pray: God, help me see what will be and not dwell too much on what has been. Help me keep my eyes fixed on the prize: a new and sober life, an abundant life. Amen.