Have you ever tried to back up your car for any great distance? I mean like have you ever tried to drive your regular route to work with your car in reverse?
Then why do most of us live our lives looking over our shoulders at our past instead of looking to our future? How many of us have wrecked things in our lives because we didn’t have our focus in the right direction?
You see, you and I drag the errors of our past around like a boulder strapped to our ankles. It has become our “thing” our tattoo that brands us. We think that when people look at us they think, “Hey, there goes John the drunk!” or “Isn’t that Suzy the one who has 3 kids by 3 different dads?”
And if we are honest, some of us like it. I mean at least we are known for something right? Even if it is a terribly painful thing that if we could go back and fix we would. The attention and the sympathy we get from it reminds us we’re alive…at least the only version of alive we know. Isn’t that in essence the crux of reality TV?
Other’s of us fight our whole lives to create smoke screens around our past in the hopes people won’t notice them. We do things like purposefully make ourselves the butt of the jokes when it’s brought up in conversation or downplay the severity of it, “I mean it was only one DWI”. But through the fog there still is a great deal of pain felt and no amount of laughing will take that away.
So what should we do with our pasts?
If embracing them and ignoring them don’t seem to work what then?
Answer: You have to give them up.
You may not know this, but Jesus is the ultimate past hoarder. He loves to accumulate people’s pasts and never give them back. In fact, when He picks up your past at a garage sale, He pays top dollar for it. He pays for it with His life and asks that you and I do one thing.
He says, “Don’t let your past define your future, let Me define it.”
He no longer wants us to be shackled with the weight of our past because the pursuit of this new future will only be slowed down if we keep all that junk.
Listen to the words of Paul.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
I pray that we are all straining not under the weight of life or what our pasts say we are, but straining out of an aggressive pursuit of Jesus Christ in all that we do.
My prayer for you as you read these blogs, watch these videos, and hear this music is that you are constantly reminded that Jesus has bought your past so that you are free to look to your new future clearly.
Believe me when I tell you that can be
Over your past…Under Grace…Through His Love
…All because of Jesus Christ.