Making Peace with Your Past
The Lord says, “Forget what happened before,
and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing
I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it?
I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 NCV
Because you are human, you may be slow to forget yesterday’s disappointments. But, if you sincerely seek to focus your hopes and energies on the future, then you must find ways to accept the past, no matter how difficult it may be to do so.
Have you made peace with your past? If so, congratulations. But, if you are mired in the quicksand of regret, it’s time to plan your escape. How can you do so? By accepting what has been and by trusting God for what will be.
So, if you have not yet made peace with the past, today is the day to declare an end to all hostilities. When you do, you can then turn your thoughts to the wondrous promises of God and to the glorious future that He has in store for you.
Our yesterdays teach us how to savor our todays and tomorrows. - Patsy Clairmont, 100 Days of Prayer
The wise man gives proper appreciation in his life to his past. He learns to sift the sawdust of heritage in order to find the nuggests that make the current moment have any meaning. - Grady Nutt
Shake the dust from your past, and move forward in His promises. - Kay Arthur
The pages of your past cannot be rewritten, but the pages of your tomorrows are blank. - Zig Ziglar
Heavenly Father, free me from anger, resentment, and envy. When I am bitter, I cannot feel the peace that You intend for my life. Keep me mindful that forgiveness is Your commandment, and help me accept the past, treasure the present, and trust the future . . . to You. Amen