I’ve been blessed with the ability to forget most of the yucky stuff that’s happened in my life. I believe that God allows me to forget so I can move forward. If I weren’t able to do that, I’m sure I’d become a victim of depression. For many years I let some of those memories from my childhood control my ability to feel good about who I was. Even my childhood church experience was negative, because I believed there was no hope for me because I felt unforgiveable.
When we live in the past, we’re underestimating the work the Holy Spirit can do in us. His inspiration, His love, His fire can stoke our ability to move on. The encouragement coming from His Word can fill our hearts with hope for the future. It’s through Him that we get revved up for life – whatever it holds.
Living as slaves to past mistakes or difficulties does nothing to build others up and isn’t that really our purpose in life? By doing so, we’re missing so many opportunities to share God’s precious love for the entire world.
As this year draws to a close, pack up all those things that give you a hard time. Forget about the health issues that came your way and view them as a second chance. Don’t dwell on your ability to find a new job – create new ways to make a living. Instead of feeling crushed by a lost relationship, turn to a stronger one with the Lord. When things look like they’ll never get better, look forward instead of back. By doing so, you’re opening the door to a happier life. Remember that with God all things are possible and that He has a great plan for your life.