This disclaimer, tagged at the end of an investment opportunity, usually means that just because something good happened in the past, it doesn’t guarantee it will happen in the future.
But there’s another way to look at it.
As a college student, I was once caught in an horrific ice storm/blizzard. Wind-driven snow cascading down in blotches made the wipers struggle to keep up as night fell. It was almost impossible to see the contours of the road. The highway had already been closed, and I had no choice but to creep along in my rear wheel drive Dodge Dart. Then, just when nothing could get worse, the defroster failed, so I had to crack open the window and lean outside to see anything.
When I made it home, I kissed the snow-covered ground.
Yet, I live a legacy from that story. I’m petrified of driving in snow. I check, and double-check, the weather forecast in winter. I’m not overly OCD except when it comes to winter road conditions.
Because it happened in the past, it can happen in the future, and it can be worse. I drive into the future staring at the rearview mirror.
A cornerstone of the Gospel, though, is that it’s always a day of new beginnings. The past, and the power it holds over you, has been broken. God, in Jesus, is “doing all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) Or, as Paul states, “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!”
Why live life afraid of blizzards? Have you not learned and grown? More importantly, have you not seen evidence of a power greater than your own?
Past performance does NOT guarantee future results.