"Therefore if anyone is in Christ , he is a new creation ; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new"- 2 Corinthians 5:17
Every single person in this world has a past, something that when they look back at their life they are not proud of , rash decisions, blatant lies, comments that tore love ones to shreds, regrets about things that have been done, or even about things which have not been done. The point is that we have all screwed up, we have all been humans, we have all been imperfect. Our pasts however, is what shape us, our mistakes, our achievements, they all play their own significant role in the person that we are today. The important thought to realize though is that even though you're past might have shaped you, you are not your past. Imperfections are to be expected ( after all we are humans) but they are not to be obsessed upon. We are loved by an all powerful God, who loved us even before He knew us. psalms 139:13 says " For You have formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb". God CREATED YOU. The crazy part is not even the act of our carefully crafted creation (though that is amazing), no the crazy part is that God knew all that the wrongs, and rights we were going to do. He knew we were going to be imperfect creations but He created us anyways. He took it a step further and gave up His one and ONLY Son to save His imperfect creations. He sent The Perfect Son, to die for His imperfect creations. Mind Boggling isn't it? I guess the whole point of this first post is to encourage who ever might be reading this that yes we aren't perfect, yes we fail, and yes sometimes the worst side of us may come out, but there is a God out there who fashioned and formed us. He loves us, and is always waiting for us with open arms. Even when we mess up remember that through Christ Jesus we are made new. Yes our imperfect past will always be there but there is something even more impacting out there, and that's the Love and Forgiveness that our amazing God gives us. It truly is The Gift that keeps on giving, every morning we wake up He is there, waiting to spend time with us, ready to help us in our hectic lives, and ready to be the Guide He was meant to be. So i challenge you to stop looking back, and look to the future. This challenge is for myself as well, I've spent too long blaming myself for things, and focusing on all of the wrong I've done that I didn't realize all of the right i could be doing through Christ Jesus! Don't get me wrong it's good to self- reflect and to learn from your mistakes, but its a thin line between reflecting, and obsessing. Looking toward the Son is so much easier when you have your head looking forward, and not turned looking back. so look forward, and see how much more beautiful your line of vision becomes.