Don't let your past become your present and your future. Always let your past be that...your past! ~Lacy Harrison
I know we've all had have struggles in our lives, and had people who have hurt us by what they said or done to us. I also know how easy it is to let their actions control how we feel, think, and believe. It's natural for us to be hurt when we have been done wrong; it's our human nature. But, we cannot stay in that place of hurt and self-pity. Because, we start believing the lie, and feel that we are no good, and not of any value. When we dwell in that place, we are giving that person the privilege of controlling and effecting how we live our own personal lives! Sometimes, it is even people who doesn't even know us that well. Even if it is someone close to us, we should realize that harboring our hurt only brings us more hurt and grief. Most of time, I guarantee you, they don't even think about what they have done. Should they? Yes. Should they feel bad about it, and ask forgiveness? Of course! But, the fact remains, whether they do or not, only we can determine how to move forward with our lives life. Will we stay where we are, and let them win by letting it hinder our success, or will we let it go, forgive, and us be the winner? The choice, thankfully, is up to us!
Paul in the Bible had plenty of reasons to be hurt and bitter. He was persecuted for his faith. However, in Philippians 3:13-15 he says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." Paul was letting us know that, he had a greater purpose and goal in mind. It was the "prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus". This was the focus of his life and his mission. God had a work and a call on his life, and he could not afford to spend his time looking back behind him. He had something far greater to be responsible for! People may put us down, but God thinks enough of us, to call us to work for Him. So, my question is, are we going to give our time to things that doesn't really matter, or are we going to give ourselves to the work that the very God of heaven has called us to do? He really doesn't even need our help! But, he thought enough of us, to choose us to carry the gospel, and to minister to others in whatever fashion He chooses. Oh, how He loves us!
Now, maybe, for some, there are things in our past that are things we have done or said that we are not proud of. We wish we could go back and change things, and undo the past. But, alas, we cannot! However, we can make things right to the best of our ability, and ask God and those we have wronged for forgiveness. Once we have done that, we should move forward to be the person we need to be. We should work to give ourselves a new name and reputation. That is exactly what Paul did. Remember, he used to be Saul, who persecuted the church and had Christians killed, and was there when Stephen was stoned. However, he got saved, and ended up being one of the greatest apostles and missionaries there has ever been! We have all of the great epistles of the Bible we read, that would have not been there had he not obeyed God, and let go of his past. See how important it is to not stay in the past? Let us do the same and move forward. There is no telling what God will do in our lives and use us for if we live in the present and look toward the future!