One thing that everyone has in common despite creed, color, culture, upbringing, education or anything else. Everyone have something called a past. From the moment we were born we developed a past. Now, what is different, is the events, decisions, and life obstacle or challenges that we have faced individually. But nevertheless, if you are reading this post you have a past. An interesting thing about the past is that even though events have came and left they tend to leave some residue of their existence.
We have learned growing up that essentially our future is carved by the events of the past. So the past has grown to have great influence and power on how we behave in the present and will behave in our future. The past molds our perception, dictates our emotions, and predicts our success or demise. For example if you have been hurt in a relationship, as a result, that past hurt tends to travel into the next relationship. In our past we found coping mechanisms to deal with life's issues and as result we attempt to use what was success in the past in helping is cope to deal with present emotional issues. When you go to the doctor they want to know your family history, what has happen in the past in your family health wise. Did they have high blood pressure, cancer, heart attack, were they diabetic because using the past they want to predict our chances of carrying these health issues.
Past influences how you are perceived as being a success or a failure; are you a person of integrity and good character. If all is good in your past healthy family, have no character flaws, never made a mistake, never told a little fib, lived a life of no sin, then all is good. But, what if…what if something's in our past were a just little shaky. Somewhere in the journey of life we may have made a wrong decision here and there, maybe there is a particular illness that has ran ramped in our bloodline, or maybe have had some character flaws down the line. What do we do then? Does this mean we are doomed? Does that mean we are failures? Does this mean we will always be known as a liar or manipulator,mone of questionable character?
I do not about you but I thank God for grace and mercy.
Isaiah 43:18 instructs us not to remember the former things or consider the things of old because God is going to do a new thing. Now, this does not mean that disregard everything that we did wrong in the past or the issues of life that we went through. What The Lord is telling us is that we are not to be bound by our past. We cannot let the pain of the past hold hostage our future. God has prepared a new thing for us. God can take what was a shaky character and turn it into a godly character. God can take those hereditary diseases break the cycle and start a new thing. God can take that abusive relationship, heal you and give you a godly spouse. God can take those failures and turn them into a new thing.
God will do a brand new thing even if He has to do something that has never been before. The scripture says that He make a road in the wilderness or a river in a desert. There are no roads in the wilderness, there are no rivers in the desert, but if that's what it takes God doing to get us through He is able to do it. God has a purpose and has begun a good work in us and He will see it through even if He has to do things that never been done before. Put things in places where they should not belong. God is God and can do what He wants to do for us and it is nothing nobody can do about!!
To my readers:
I encouraged you do not allow your past to hold your future captive. Learn from the mistakes, every season in life has a reason, learn from those seasons, whether good or bad, and press toward your future. God has something brand new waiting just for you!! Hold this scripture to your rememberence: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
Be blessed, be encouraged, and remember the Reflection of Change is Within You!!
Please enjoy this song by William McDowell "I Won't Back" use it as an inspirational theme song.