We probably have made decisions that still haunt us today but let me tell you, the enemy wants us to live there and God doesn’t. David said it best:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Chronicles 5:17 (KJV)
So, why do we keep those past hurts so close to us? I think because we’re human, it’s hard to let go and forgive ourselves. Some mistakes make us feel ashamed and even when God forgives us, we still struggle to accept it. His grace is so amazing, today if you’re having trouble receiving it, please make the choice to accept His love and go forward.
Look around you and appreciate all you have. If you have a roof over your head, food in your frig, clothes on your back and transportation, you’ve got it made more than a lot of people do. Be thankful for all the extra blessings God gives you. And just because you messed up in your past doesn’t mean there’s nothing more coming your way.
I’ve been close to the brink but I didn’t lose everything in a hurricane like some of my dear friends did. I lived in Florida for 18 years of Hurricane seasons and God kept me all that time. When He moved us in 2012 to Oregon, a cooler and more stable climate, my breathing problems were healed too.
We can’t change what was. But we can make tomorrow better by what we do right now. What can you do now? You can put forth the effort to make each moment count. You can set realistic goals and plans and then reward yourself after reaching each milestone.
I’ll share some of our milestones: (a) we both improved our credit scores; (b) saved something out of every check that came in to build up our savings account (c) spent more time taking care of our health (d) de-cluttered what we were not using or wearing; and (e) spending more time reading the Bible and praying.
God even gave me crafting as a hobby and lifestyle which is an extension of myself because I love to create. It’s a feeling I can’t describe.
In other words, just because I made some goofs in my past doesn’t mean my life is over and I’m supposed to accept my lot in life. The enemy wants us to believe that our lives will never measure up or that we’re missing out on something great. But he’s a liar. God has worked with many people from the Old to the New Testament who messed up and still they did incredible things for The Lord, check these out:
- Abraham and Sarah. They took matters into their own hands. How many times have I done that? Still, God promised them a son and He delivered. Through their son, Isaac, the twelve tribes of Israel came thereby making them the patriarch and matriarch of a nation.
- Samson. Samson messed up falling for the wrong woman. Haven’t I ever fallen for the wrong guy that I had red flags about?! Yet, when Samson remembered his Nazarite vow, he prayed, God heard and answered him. It cost him big, but he repented when it really counted.
- Moses. He took matters into his own hands too and had to run for his life. It would be 80 years later that God could use him again. But WOW, he led his people out of bondage.
- Jonah. Jonah rebelled against God and tried to run away from his calling. God wasn’t having that and had a big fish to swallow him and bring him right back to the point of his disobedience. He repented and led the biggest revival ever recorded…an entire city repented before God.
- God has worked through frightened, timid people like Joshua, Barak, Gideon, and Timothy. He never gave up on them and through these folks, wars were won, the gospel message preached and worlds turned upside down.
There’s many more in the Bible that miracles came by. I know these people are long gone but their stories live on and they were ordinary folks like us with the same issues we have to today: fear, uncertainty, impatience, worry, anger, and depression. But, The Lord never lets those things stop Him from helping us through these emotions. And with our cooperation, He’ll work miracles through us too.