As a new Corrections Officer, I got fooled by inmates. A lot. I would search a cell and find contraband (papers, tobacco, matches) and set in on the walkway while I continued to the next cell. I would come out and the floor would be empty of all the stuff I had found! 

One morning, as I was releasing inmates to the school, Correctional Industries, kitchen, etc., I had 3 or four who came up in the line and said, “D.W.’s office” (the Deputy Warden). I marked “DW” in the square by their names for the purpose of “count” so that I knew where they were. 

Unfortunately, they didn’t have permission to go to the DW’s office! The next thing I know they all came up the stairs to the unit door, laughing, snickering, and making fun of the “fish” (fresh meat). I got a visit from one of my sergeants and a phone call from the other. 

I can guarantee you, that I never left contraband out in the open and I checked the roster more carefully before letting people go! Yet, for days afterward I let these things get to me. And it made me irritable because I let myself become fooled. 

Finally, one of my training officers told me, “don’t count your losses, only your wins because it will depress you.” 

Pastor Roger Johnson shared with us this last Sunday (1/2/21) not to look back and feel guilt about our past sins! If you have been saved, in God’s eyes, those sins no longer exist. Why would you keep bringing them up? 

Either you’re forgiven of all your sins or you’re not. And if you’re not, then go to Jesus, repent of your sins, receive Him into your heart and life and DON’T LOOK BACK! Don’t be like Lot’s wife and look back! 

If you are spending time looking back at your sins, you’re not looking forward to Christ! 


And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62 

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