“We can let the past become something more than history: something that tutors us as we move into the new year. The past is history but the past is alive, because the past is in us.”
We have a lot of choices with how we handle the past. We can simply let life happen and choose to avoid our history. We can choose to live in regret or shame and let the past have a grip on how we live each present and future moment – essentially letting it have power over us.
We can also choose to let the past have a positive influence on the future. This can only happen if we invite God into our whole story line. By doing so, we let the past tutor us, redeem those places holding us captive and eventually build hope for the future. God is ready and willing to write that redemptive story with you starting now. Will you join Him?
Lord, help me to be honest with you about my past. Guide me to places that are holding me captive with fear, guilt, and regret. Remind me of your presence as I journey there. Put your healing hands on those past stories and redeem them so I might walk into the future with freedom. Amen
“I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.” Psalm 139:5
Questions for reflection:
- What choices have you made about how you will react to past events in your life and how you will carry them forward?
- How might you want to choose differently?
- What might Jesus want to say to you about your past?