It’s going to happen sooner or later. Someone or something will come along and remind us of our past. Maybe an old acquaintance or simply driving by a certain location.
Depending on the circumstances those reminders can can either bring back good or bad memories and feelings. Perhaps a combination of both.
Like it or not, realization once again sets in that nothing, absolutely nothing can be done to change events of the past.
If one can’t learn to shake those uneasy feelings quickly they may find themselves continually stuck in a destructive pattern. Locked in a virtual prison of past mistakes and bad choices.
Not only will this pattern hinder you from forgiving others that may have played a part in a troublesome past, most often it challenges the ability to forgive one's self.
A better alternative is to learn how to resist this urge quickly. Make a choice not to be a captive of the past and be more determined to have a better future.
The Apostle Paul decided to do just that. No matter what his past had been and not entirely sure of his future, he put an all out effort in looking forward to what lie ahead. Paul was able to think and act this way because he had experienced God’s grace and a divine transformation in his life.
No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on one thing; forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, Philippians 3:13 The Living Bible
One should never get to the point of thinking they have fully made it. That could be considered arrogant in some ways. Neither should one give up on deciding to do better. That would be a form of self defeat.
The balance in between the two seems to lie in the acceptance of what can be changed along with a resolution of what cannot.
Never think it’s too late to make a change. It is never too late. Each new day brings some very special opportunities.
The most precious ones;
Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord's mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his loving- kindness begins afresh each day. Lamentations 3:21-23 The Living Bible
The most exciting thing about a new day’s journey is knowing that if we so choose we do not have to go it alone. For God is willing and able to come alongside and help.
Each new day is a gift from God and it signifies we have yet another chance to make better choices and decisions. Another chance to get it right.
Another chance to experience the same zeal that Apostle Paul felt toward his future. Granted, Paul did have to get knocked off a horse and blinded for a few days. For us it doesn't have to be that extreme. We only need to humble ourselves and say “God help me please”.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of Daily Moment of Thought online devotional.
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