We spend too much time thinking about our past that we neglect to appreciate our present. Why is it that we allow our past to define our character and control our emotions & actions towards others? It is almost as if we are expecting a different outcome or we are hoping that if we think about it long enough that our experiences and situations from our past would have changed. The truth is our past is gone.
Holding on to our past hurt prevents us from moving on. We must learn to value our past experiences and what we were able to learn from them. Isn’t that point of life? Live and learn? You cannot fully live your life if you cannot learn from your experiences, even the experiences that you wish would have never happened at all. When we are able to forget our past, we open a whole world of opportunities for personal growth and a brighter future.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Our pasts are made to keep us there, but if we move forward, God has already prepared our future and reward. For us to continue our journey in life, we must forget our past. Dwelling on our past prevents us from living the life that God wants us to. Holding on to our past slows us down from our walk with God. There is nothing we can do about our past, but there is enough that can be done to strengthen our relationship with God.
Each and every one of us has gone through hurt, pain, and had a slew of negative experiences that have shaped the way we are today. But we cannot let those negative experiences from our past paralyze us from our future.
It’s not easy to forget our past and it’s not something that miraculously happens over night. It is often difficult for us to forget our memories, failures, disappointments, and hurt. Because we keep those things buried in our minds, we are unable to progress into our future. Not only that, but dwelling on our past destroys our inner peace and fills it with guilt.
God is our hope and our future. God wants us to get rid of our hurt and guilt of our past so our lives can fully begin. Each and every minute we spend on this Earth is a miracle and blessing from God. Moving forward is not easy but it doesn’t have to be impossible. No matter what we’ve been through, there is always a choice to live a more purposeful and peaceful life.
Regardless of what has happened in our past, we need to close the door and open a new chapter, a chapter that is filled with the glory and love of God.
We must define our future by forgetting our past. We are only given one life, why spend it dwelling on things that we cannot change?