Everyone Has A Past

By Maggie Lasher

Everyone has a past.  Some look back with longing for what was a better time.  Some look back in shame, some in fear, some in sorrow.  And while what happened to us in the past – good and bad – has helped shape us into who we are today, we shouldn’t let our past become the sole way we define our future.

My dad hit his highest point in college.  He was a big man on campus, president of a college fraternity, acing his studies in law and economics, and developing a taste for alcohol.  College was easy for him – but after 7 years, he had to take his diplomas and move on.  Unfortunately he never hit that same high ouside of college and by his death at 62 was a broken and bitter man.

Your past may have been your high point or it may have your low point.  But the real point is, it is the past.  Author Nicholas Sparks said, “Everyone has a past, but that’s just it–it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.”

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalm 118:24 NRSV

Every morning is a new opportunity, a fresh start, a new hope.  And every day we are able to greet our Lord knowing He is providing what we need.

“Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” ~ Lamentations 3:23 NLT

Yesterday may have been your best day or your worst.  Let it go.  Today is the day that matters!  Today is the beginning of the rest of your life.

“… But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV

Focus your energies on today and plan for tomorrow.  Time for us to quit letting the past trap us in the past.

Father God, thank You for this new day.  Help us let go of yesterday and celebrate today with You leading the way.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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