Let Go of The Past – Part 1: Change the Channel
Take what God has given you and make the most of it.
We live in a society that loves to make excuses, and one of our favorite phrases is “It’s not my fault.” But the truth is, if we are bitter and resentful, it’s because we are allowing ourselves to remain that way. We’ve all had negative things happen to us. If you look hard enough, you can easily find reasons to have a chip on your shoulder. Anyone can make excuses and blame the past for his or her bad attitude, poor choices, or hot temper.
You may have valid reasons. Perhaps you’ve gone through things that nobody deserves to experience in life: physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional abuse. Maybe you’ve struggled to deal with a chronic illness or some other irreparable physical problem. Perhaps somebody took advantage of you in business and you lost your shirt, as well as your self-esteem. Those all are horrible experiences that no one should have to endure, but if you want to live in victory, you cannot use past emotional wounds as an excuse for making poor choices today.
You have to learn to let go of the past, to let go of your excuses (and even valid reasons), and stop feeling sorry for yourself. It’s time to get rid of your victim mentality. Quit comparing your life to someone else’s, and quit dwelling on what could have been, should have been, or might have been. Quit asking questions such as “Why this?” or “Why that?” or “Why me?”
You can’t do anything about what’s happened to you, but you can choose how you will face what’s in front of you. Don’t hold on to feelings or bitterness and resentment and let them poison your future. Let go of those hurts and pains. Forgive the people who did you wrong. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you may have made.
We all know how to use the remote control to change the channels on the TV. If we see something we don’t like, no big deal-we just flip channels. We need to learn how to mentally change channels when negative images of the past pop up in our minds unexpectedly.
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
A Prayer For Today: Dear Father, forgive me if I’ve blamed You for the heartaches and losses in my life. Forgive me for the times I’ve been angry when things didn’t seem fair. I know now that I will never be truly happy as long as I harbor bitterness in my heart. I’m tired of feeling sorry for myself. Please help me to let go of the anger and bitterness that have sprung up in my life, and work the soil of my heart so those seeds cannot begin to grow again. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and for refocusing my heart and mind on Your goodness in my life.
“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” Clare Boothe Luce
Takeaway Truth: Today, I’m grabbing the remote control in my mind and changing the channel. I will no longer focus on the pain or failure in my past, but on the bright and beautiful future I have with God beginning today.