One day this week I came across two sayings that stuck with me and I had to write them down.
The first one, “Don’t look back your not going that way!” was just a really true statement that I thought I would just keep.
I didn’t know that I would really be thinking about it a few days later. Sometimes your past can sneak up on you in the most unexpected times. It could be a comment about a time that you wasn’t proud of, seeing an old friend, or coming across an old keepsake. It happens! The past will sneak in and sort of nag at you. It brings in a flood of memories and feelings that you had forgotten about or had deeply hidden.
A lot of the time it’s that past that your not so proud of because the enemy loves to remind of us of where we’ve been and of course it won’t be the trophies or astonishing accomplishments that we made, but the times that we would rather keep in a dark room with a huge lock with a key that’s lost at sea.
It’s a given that in our life we will make poor choices and it’s certain that the enemy will remind you of your not so proud of past. How we react and treat those old memories is what matters.
We may have made poor choices in the past with words, people, or actions. But not to worry for the Lord said that we have been made a new creation!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18 NLT
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me….Galatians 3:20 NLT
We must make choices now that reflect who we have become not who we were.
When I look back and then look to see where I am now I am in awe. I’m so grateful of the life I have now with the people I have been so richly blessed to spend it with. It’s a choice that we must make to change our thinking.
And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV
We are to capture our old memories and replace them with who we are now and with the things that we have been blessed with. Everything in life involves making a choice. We can choose to rehash things we could have done differently, said, or been OR we can choose to look at the life that shows how much our Heavenly father loves us and know that our sins are forgiven as far as the east is from the west and to be remembered no more.
We don’t have the ability to forget like HE does, but he has given us his spirit to guide our lives toward following him. We are to keep our eyes on him and know that our past has been wiped clean in his eyes! That’s the most important thing.
I look forward to what the Lord has for me tomorrow. That’s so much better to meditate on than what has happened long ago.
The second quote that stuck out to me, “You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” was something so true. Trusting God with our future will require a lot of faith. Not because we don’t believe he can fulfill his promises, but to continually change those old thoughts into the promises he has for our future and to be thankful for the blessings we have NOW.