Letting my mind wander into bad places is a daily fight. One of the enemy’s successful tactics is getting mankind to think and ponder over mistakes, bad choices and dwelling there. For the believer, we have God’s power to overcome this but it takes work and remaining close to His Word.
I like to stay busy but when I’m resting is where I have to fight off the urge to go back to that past of broken opportunities and paths I should have avoided. What I am glad of is God is there to remind me that:
- You have all your basic needs met. There’s a HUGE population in the world who don’t. I’ve been close to the brink but I didn’t lose everything in a hurricane like my dear friends did. And, I lived in FL for 18 years, and part of that was in a very bad neighborhood. God kept me all that time and moved us in 2012 to a cooler and more stable climate that I like and He healed my breathing problems.
- You can’t change what was. But you can make tomorrow better. Focus on today, right now. What can you do now? You can work on areas that need improvement. 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. What in particular? Well, like: (a) we both improved our credit scores; (b) save something out of every check that comes in; (c) take better care of our bodies; (d) de-clutter what we are not using or wearing, (e) keep prayer at the center of everything we do, etc.
- You have a hobby. For me, crafting is a hobby, a lifestyle and an extension of me. I love to create with my hands. It’s a feeling I can’t describe. And, I want to make this my final career so I’m working at that.
- You’re involved. You make handmade cards that you donate to the local Art Center and they give those cards to the seniors in and around town that have no family or no one to visit them. You also donate cards to Scrapbook.com’s “Cards for Kindness” and they give away cards to Cancer centers, senior citizen homes, hospitals, churches, homeless shelters and even to first responders and city workers. These folks need our encouragement. Plus, you create and write for GUIG and who knows how many people you are reaching with your blog. You also like to help the seniors in your town when you run errands. You are a prayer warrior, you intercede for friends who have no idea you’re praying for them. Continue to be my hands and eyes in this world.
In other words, just because I made some goofs in my past doesn’t mean my life is over and just accept my lot. 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 works. I think of:
- 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.
I’m so thankful that I had a little talk with Jesus and He brought all this to me to help me remember where to keep my thoughts, always and forever, on Him.
Message to myself today: leave behind my past and all those choices in lieu of what God has for me tomorrow. You have stepped out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.