Do you ever wrestle with the past?? You know those old failures, mistakes, or disappointments that play over and over in your mind. Sometimes these thoughts can bring about feelings of fear, anger, or even sadness. Well today I want to say…stop the tape! As hard as it may seem, we can all make a conscious decision to stop rewinding and replaying those hurtful moments over and over from the past.
I’ve learned that letting go of the past can sometimes be a HARD, gritty struggle. Within the past several years (maybe I should say a lifetime), I’ve had to deal with some crazy, C-R-A-Z-Y stuff. Most of these hidden hurts stemmed from betrayal, feelings of loneliness, and a host of other hidden pains that I’m thankful to say God is releasing from me.
No matter how hard it can seem, the process of letting go of the past starts with the new ‘f’ word… forgiveness. Believe it or not, but letting go of the past issues , CAN free up more energy to be productive and creative. (Aha!;-)
Why waste precious time replaying old drama when you’re blessed with time right now to start ANEW? Ever thought… “Okay. If I could just let go of this or that, my life would be so much better. I could step to a whole new level of enjoying life without listening to an old mixtape from my life reminding me of prior disappointments and setbacks. Hmmmm…how nice would that be. IF only…”?
While changing old thought patterns will not easy, it will certainly be worth it! First things first, it all starts in the mind. Since the past is over and the future is not promised all that we really have left to cherish and enjoy is NOW. Trust me, the more action we take towards improving our lives, the less time we have to replay the “tape”.
What if we could simply learn to:
Have faith more…
Once we stop playing old negative tunes in our head, we can then replace them with fun upbeat songs that bring us joy.
Here’s a scripture for today:
12-14I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. –Philippians 3:12 (The Message)