What are you holding onto from your past?
Are you present in today?
I have a bad habit of carrying my past into my present. Bringing the disappointment, pain & hurt along as my armor, my “protection”. But, instead they become scabs that leave open wounds behind. They are fragile and easily reopened.
The problem with scabs is they physically slow down the healing process, they are easily ripped off and our wounds begin to bleed all over again.
We have to stop letting our past be the oxygen that causes the scab and begin doing the work to actually heal the wound. We need to apply triple antibiotic (TRUTH), a bandaid (PROTECTION) and then let time transform our scratch into a scar. One that we may never forget but that will remind us of what we have survived.
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
Paul instructs the city of Philippi point blank to stop living in what was and start living in what’s to come. God is working in our brokenness, our pain, our current circumstance. He’s not waiting for us to get it together or reach perfection. He is calling us into His perfection. A life filled with joy in all circumstances, peace over our pain and love among us all. When we run the past through our mind like an old text message, we continue to rip open our scab & relive that pain. Instead, lets delete those past messages, apply our ‘truth’ in His word & ‘protect’ it with the actual armor of God. One of my favorite writers reminded me, if God isn’t moving you out, it’s because He is moving within. We are not finished with where we are currently sitting. When we don’t see God opening new doors or offering exit strategies, it’s because our time is not yet complete. He wants to change your circumstance by changing your perspective.
Have you ever wondered why amazing jobs end, relationships you love are lost or locations relocate? It’s because your purpose in those spaces was served. Your mission is complete. God does not call us into complacency, He calls us into action. It doesn’t mean that we can’t look back on those memories, relationships, and be grateful, it means we can’t continue to live in those memories, relationships, once they are over. More jobs will come, new relationships will flourish and your home will always be your current location.
If we don’t stop living in what was, we will never see what is. We will miss new blessings, new friendships & new opportunities.
I get it, as a human, it’s hard. It’s hard to see good seasons end & it’s hard to live in the darkness of the hard seasons. But just know, nothing under the sun happens without God knowing about it. While I don’t believe He orchestrates the pain, I do believe He allows it to give us our strength. Strength against this world. Strength against the lies we believe about ourselves. We are made in His image and He overcame the world.
Let’s leave our past behind and begin embracing our present. Let’s be grateful for the mundane. Let’s believe His truth, not our lies.
Lie: “I’m all alone, nobody sticks around”
Truth: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Lie: “I can’t do anything right, there’s something wrong with me.”
Truth: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Lie: “I’m unlovable”
Truth: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Lie: “I can’t survive this”
Truth: “ Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Whatever lie you are believing, filter it through scripture. Google what God says and start applying some much needed truth to begin healing that wound.