Looking Up Not Back

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It’s all too easy to look back and dwell on past situations and decisions. We keep pain far too close to ourselves and for far too long.   

How can God use us and bring us higher if we are living in the past and not the present?   

When He says He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (read Psalm 103:8-12), and He means it.   

He chooses not to remember our mistakes and He never uses them against us. So, we need to take Him at His word and really try to put our past behind us. I’m preaching to myself here because this is an area I struggle with. I made a plethora of bad choices and there were and still are consequences that I had to live through.  

The enemy tries to taunt me a lot about my past mistakes and I’ve also have spent way too much time torturing myself that if I had done this or that, maybe things would not have turned out like they did and my life would be better. I wouldn’t have been traumatized and I wouldn’t have anxiety issues today.  

I’ve told myself maybe if I had done this or that, I’d have an art degree by now and be much more successful in my career. Too much time spent wallowing in self pity and it’s gotten me no where.   

At this stage of my life, I know I don’t want to go back to school, I should have done all that 20 years ago…but no matter the choices I made, good or bad, it doesn’t stop God from blessing me and still getting me to the destination He has for me.   

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The thoughts that plague me I have to give to God. My past is the past and it’s gone.  

It’s really important in understanding God’s grace that we have to forgive ourselves as well.   

And, while I don’t have God’s ability to forget my sins never remembering them, but I can put them behind me and do better now.   

I don’t have to entertain negative thoughts nor do I have to allow the enemy to taunt me with “you shoulda, coulda, woulda…”   

God is before me, not behind me!

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.