The benefit of being two-faced

Research in cognitive science – how the brain works – has found that the mechanisms we use to remember the past are the same as the ones we use to envisage the future. To walk down memory lane is, at the same time, to follow the road into our future.
The Romans had a god called Janus, whom they believed would guide them through all their times of transition. Janus was always depicted with two faces – one looking backwards into the past, the other turned towards the future. Nowadays we speak disparagingly about being ‘two-faced’. But for those early Romans, the ability to keep one’s past in view while focusing on the future was seen as a god-like quality.
This is why the Bible says “if God is for us, who can be against us.’ Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past is the best way to ensure confidence for the future.

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