But it’s no place to live in.
Especially if that past includes pain, hardships, and shame.
Often times we wake up to a brand new day.
A fresh start to get up and try once again.
But we can’t get anywhere because we are still re-living our yesterday.
We are still holding on to our past hurts.
We are still thinking about what could have happened…but didn’t.
We are still replaying the painful words someone said.
And we are slowly allowing our past to take our future away.
Because the longer you dwell in the past the easier it is to forget to live in the present.
The harder it gets to dream about tomorrow.
I love this powerful statement by Nelson Mandela:
“As I walked out the door toward my freedom I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred, and bitterness behind that I would still be in prison”
Maybe you were never in a physical prison like he was but your past may seem like a prison to you.
A place that haunts you because of the terrible memories it holds.
But if you don’t move on from that place you will remain in a prison.
A prison with a door that you have the key to.
It’s up to you unlock it.
Just like it’s up to you to move on from your yesterday.
To forgive those that need to be forgiven.
To forget the things that need to be forgotten.
To give yourself the freedom to look forward to a brighter day.
If you’ve made mistakes that you’ve repented of don’t continue living in shame and guilt.
God has forgiven you and made you white as snow.
If you are left brokenhearted by loved ones that left you hanging, hurt you, or walked away don’t continue living in resentment toward them.
Allow God to fill you with His peace and joy and forgive those people or allow them to walk away.
If you regret the things you wished you could do or say don’t continue living in remorse and disappointment with yourself.
Let God show you what you can do to make today better than your yesterday.
Remember… you choose what you will do with your past.
Whether you will let it define you.
Whether you will let it to destroy you.
Or whether you will let it to develop you into the person God created you to be.
Let it be the latter.
You have a glorious future ahead of you.
But you won’t be able to enjoy it if you are stuck in the prison of yesterday.
So today… put your old ways behind you.
Let go of those memories replaying in your head.
Forgive those who hurt you and move on.
Open that prison door and walk out without looking back.
Say your final goodbye to your past because there’s no reason left for you to stay.
Nothing you can change.
Nothing you can fix.
Nothing you can take back.
Don’t live in the could’ve, would’ve, should have’s one more day.
Don’t live in shame, guilt, and regret one more day.
Don’t live in bitterness, resentment, or hate, one more day.
Surrender it all to Christ and allow Him to help you take that first step forward into new hope.
Into new friendships.
Into new dreams.
Because no matter how tragic your past may be He can redeem your story and together with Him you can make your future days better with each new day.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Keep on looking ahead! Be blessed! -Anna… ♥
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead”- Philippians 3:13