Living in the Past

I have a bad habit you guys. (Don’t we all?)

I don’t know about you but I have a really bad tendency to focus on my past. My regrets. My heartache. My disappointments. My failures. You get the picture. I find myself wallowing in what could have been, in what I should have done or said. But what’s the point?

Why do we do that? Why do we look at our failures and mistakes and live in them? What’s that going to do? Absolutely nothing except make us miserable and depressed.

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It’s hard to forget the past sometimes. I get it. I have so many regrets. We all do. But I have to believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without those regrets. I have learned from those mistakes. And it’s made me a better person. Does that make sense?

Read what Paul has to say in Philippians 3:13-14, “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.”

When we become Christians, our new life begins! We shouldn’t be looking to our past!

Paul reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Don’t let your past define you. It’s not who you are. You are much more than your past mistakes. You are a child of God and you are LOVED!

Satan LOVES to drudge up whatever he can to make us miserable. Don’t let him.

Don’t allow Satan to rob you of your future by making you live in your past.