Someone said to me the other day “You’re past won’t go away.”
And what I had to say to that is: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Praise God that our sins are forgiven and we can forget the past! I have made some huge mistakes in my past. I have hurt some people. I have been hurt. But the Lord says to “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
A NEW THING!! Thank You Lord! I can’t imagine still being stuck in the lifestyle I was living. There was no hope. No future. No way out… BUT GOD… always a but God. He made a way in my wilderness and brought streams of life into my wasteland. I no longer had to live a dry dead life when He showed up!
I have no regrets. There is nothing in my past that I need to “go away”. It is all a part of me. It is my story. It is HIStory. I am a living testimony of the grace and redemption that the Lord offers to each and every one of us!
I don’t expect anyone to understand why I did some of the things I’ve done. But I do know that everything I’ve done has been with the mind of Christ. I’ve forgiven those who have hurt me. And I’ve asked forgiveness for the things I’ve done.
While I know that my past will not ever go away, I choose to live for the future. I choose to not associate with people from the past who don’t understand what a new life in Christ means. I choose to move on with my life. There is no changing the past. But you decide if you want change for the future. Do you want to live in the past? Or move on to your new life rooted and grounded in Christ?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)