Norman McLeod a moral philosopher writes “Nothing makes a man so contented as an experience gathered from a well watched past.” We can insure full happiness only by living no day whose memory will make us ashamed or give us pain, when we sit in the eventide and recall it.
Everyone of us carries in himself the elements of his own happiness or wretchedness. It is the heart that give colors to our skies and tone to the music we hear. A badly kept heart makes pain for the life. A well lived life stores away memories which makes celestial music to cheer the heart.
Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it comes the issues of the life-proverbs 4:23-27. A wise man used to say “If you tell me what you think, I’ll tell you who you are and the life you live. What you think is what you are. The thought life controls you. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
Our thoughts be it positive, negative, good, or bad, controls our attitudes. Our attitudes are the sum total of our every thoughts. Believe it or not, our attitudes lead to our every actions.
The time to secure a well-watched past is while the early days of life is fleeting. We can never change any yesterday. An unholy life yields a harvest of wretchedness in old age. But a life of obedience to God, of faithfulness to duty, of personal purity and uprightness, and of unselfishness will make old age like a garden of fruits and flowers.