It took me a very, very long time to realize that my past does not have to haunt me or define me.
My regrets. Failures. Habits. Sin. Memories. Thoughts. Over the years, i've packed them up and shipped them off to a far away place of no return.
i had help packing those bags. He was the only one who could help because He knew each and every thing i packed. And, He understood that pulling everything out from all the hiding spots i buried them in, was no easy feat. i needed His strength, His courage, His overwhelming love. i needed the warmth of His healing touch as i worked to rid my body, my home, and my life, of all the things that were weighing me down. Jesus made a way for me to heal my past.
There comes a point where you have to decide, just like i did, that you don't want to carry your past into your future. You learn from mistakes — what you learned is what you take with you, not all the drama that came from the experience. You grow in faith.
Lori said something this week worth reading over and over:
Healing former mistakes and sins is a valuable tool in our spiritual toolbox. This hindrance allows us to move forward toward God's very best for our lives: freedom. Our challenge is to meet Jesus at that event and allow Him to rewrite the ending to our past.
Purging your past will free up your time, mental space, memory, and capacity to love, if you're willing to let it go. You can't be afraid to let go of old memories, people, regrets, habits, etc, because you weren't created to hold onto the things that do not serve you in a healthy way.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to start packing up the bags of the past? Jesus is standing by to take carry them away if you'll let Him.
Thank you, Jesus, for releasing us from the burdens of our past.