Welcome to my blog and the last Monday of October! Can you believe it? I took a “blog break” over the weekend to take care of some other responsibilities, and to spend time with my darling hubby.
Arriving at this last week – and only two months left in the year – makes me reflect on the year that’s nearly gone, both good and bad. It’s comforting to know that we can learn from our past, but we don’t have to stay stuck in the past, reliving or rehearsing our faults.
Here’s the devotional thought for this last Monday in October…
“A lot of people let the past dictate their future.
Don’t do that!!
Get past your past.
We all have a past,
but we also have a future.
We are said to be new creatures
when we enter into a relationship with Christ.
Old things pass away.
We have an opportunity for a new beginning.
God makes arrangements for each of us to have a fresh start,
but we must be willing to let go of the past and go on.
We make a way for the new
by believing what God says about it.
Don’t let your past failures
leave you hopeless about your future success.
Your future has no room in it for the failures of the past.
Just because you have failed at something
does not make you a failure.
Whatever Satan has stolen through deception,
God will restore doubled,
if you are willing to press forward, forgetting the past.
You have to let go in order to go on!”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
This devotional and others like it make me think how it sounds good to say “leave the past behind” but it’s not always so easy to do! Sometimes it’s challenging to take the good, learn from the bad, but disconnect the feelings that go along with those events of the past. Yet I know we can’t truly grow and move forward if we’re still chained to the past.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you find it easy to let go of the past and move forward? Can you take the good and learn from the bad, to have a brighter future?