Monday, October 6, 2014

Forget The Past!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

Some of the unhappiest people I've ever known are living their lives looking over their shoulder. What a waste! Nothing back there can be changed. 

What's in the past? Only two things: great attainments and accomplishments that could either make us proud by reliving them or indifferent by resting on them . . . or failures and defeats that cannot help but arouse feelings of guilt and shame. Why in the world would anyone want to return to that quagmire? I've never been able to figure that one out. By recalling those inglorious, ineffective events of yesterday, our energy is sapped for facing the demands of today. Rehearsing those wrongs, now forgiven in grace, derails and demoralizes us. There are few joy stealers more insiduous than past memories that haunt our minds. . . . Forget the past! 

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Here's my take about the past. I don't want to forget about it and here's why. . . . 

There are lessons to be learned from them. My past is riddled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. My past pales in comparison to the past of many others who have gone through far worse situations than I have been in. Is the past something we want to hold on to without moving forward? No. Is the past something we want to forget about in its entirety? No. Are there elements of our past that are worth forgetting? Yes. 

There are lessons to be learned in all of our past experiences. A lesson can even be learned in the most horrific situation. Remembering our past will allow us to stay grounded in Christ and serve as a reminder of where we have come from and how far along we have come since having that personal encounter with Jesus. With that said, we are more than welcome to forget the entirety of our past the moment that we walk into the glory of our future home called Heaven. It is at that point when we can genuinely forget the past and look forward to the glory of being in the presence of our Heavenly Father for all of eternity. Amen! 

God bless you friends and thank you very much for reading this far! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).