Have you found yourself reflecting on the person that you once were?
Felt as though your glory days are behind you or regretted decisions that you’ve made?
There is one thing that all of us have in common:
Our past is in the past.
Living life for the present will help you to move forward and leave the good (and also the bad and ugly) behind you.
We all have parts of our past that we’d like to forget. Whether they are less-than-ideal relationships, unethical choices or old behaviors, everyone has parts of their history that they’d like to erase. That’s just not possible. We can’t take away hurtful words or actions.
The good news is that, with identifying to God that we were wrong and asking for His help and forgiveness, we have been forgiven for those past choices. Now it’s time to forgive ourselves so that we can move forward.
The situations that we find ourselves facing are placed in front of us by God.
Sometimes it may be that we need to experience a series of challenges so that we may find the conviction to pursue our passions.
Other times it may be that a door closes to us (however painful it may be) so that a window may be pushed open down the road.
Rather than thinking negatively about the mountains that we have to climb in life, focus on what God has placed on the other side and keep climbing. Don’t look back!
Moving forward (and not looking back) doesn’t have to be something that you do on your own.
It doesn’t mean getting rid of old friends because they are part of your past.
It means hanging onto those good friends who have been with you through thick and thin and letting go of relationships that are unhealthy.
It means choosing new relationships that help you to be the kind of person that you want to be, and not spending as much time focusing on those that aren’t in line with your vision for yourself.
God has a purpose for each and every one of us.
Spending your life focusing on the past, will only make it more difficult to identify the future that you’re meant to find.
Embrace new relationships, keep your eyes open for new opportunities and explore new interests.
Allowing yourself to grow personally and spiritually will help you to find the purpose that God has in store for you.