There is something everyone reading this column has in common.
We all have a past.
Each one of us has done something in our life, whether we are 15 years old or in our retirement years.
We have all said or done something that we wish we could take back. Some of us have done things in our life that we live with every day.
It seems like the voices of yesterday will never let us forget, no matter the time or distance between us and the things we have done.
I am not writing this today so we can remember the past, rather I am writing to encourage.
Everyone has a past, and we can become one of two things from our past.
We can become bitter, or we can become better.
Just like all of us have a past, we all have a choice to allow our past to make or break us.
I am reminded of Paul in Philippians 3:13.
Paul tells us that he has only learned one thing — he had to forget the past and begin to reach toward things that were before him.
Remember, this is the guy who held the coats of men while they stoned Christians.
You could say that he had a past and the voices of yesterday in his life. You could imagine they were not quiet.
But, here he is trying to tell people about this man named Jesus Christ, the man he once persecuted people for following.
Something like that never leaves you, but we all have something similar to the story of Paul.
We all made a mistake and tried to move on, and while you are trying to forget what you have done, people all around you won’t let go.
I have found one thing to be true — people don’t like to forget other people’s mistakes. Maybe this is because if they can keep people’s minds on your mistakes, they won’t focus on theirs.
Just a thought.
Paul understood that there was only one person who could hold him back from reaching the destiny that Jesus Christ placed in his life, and that was himself.
The only one who can stop you from reaching your destiny is you.
You can’t let someone else’s opinion stop you from reaching for the goals or dreams that God has given to you to reach for.
If you are like me, your past is a mile long, and even if you have changed, there are still people who don’t want to let go of it. But, I am determined to let my past make me a better person.
Your future in God is as great as you want it to be. Choose to become better; you won’t regret it, I promise.
Remember, God’s mercy is sufficient for whatever you have done, all you have to do is ask him to forgive you.