Embrace Your Past

Focus Area:  Remove Your Obstacles

We know at some point in your life, even if for a short while, you've experienced emotional pain.  We also know if you haven’t completely healed, you are still processing some of that pain today. (Hugs to you if you are.)

And if you are like most people, you want to simply forget about your wounded past and wish it never happened.  Why remind yourself of such hurtful events?

While such trials aren’t favorable by any means, they can serve a purpose for your future.

Remember, God never promised a trouble-free life.  He did, however, promise that no matter the circumstance, He will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28).

You see, “working it out” can come in many forms.  Ideally, it would be your bad situation turned good, but it also could be your faith increased, your character improved, a step towards another blessing, your ability to help someone else, or your purpose outlined.  When it comes to God, all things are possible!

So, as you sit quietly on your cozy couch, chair, or bed, embrace your past by answering these questions: 

  • What did you learn that can help your future self, your family, or someone else?  How can this revelation glorify God?
  • How were you able to make it through the tough times?  This revelation gives you a glimpse of both God’s ability and your strength.  
  • What did you learn about yourself in the process?  What were your high-five moments?  What were the areas that needed improvement?

Thinking about your past isn’t always easy, but if you look at it from the lenses of “where can my past take me,” you will be excited about your future and feel equipped to leave the past behind. 

We pray for your strength when remembering the difficult times, your vision to see things clearer, and your drive to move beyond it.

 

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