Let Go of The Past – Part 2: Get Up and get Moving
To stop living in the past, to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, you must get up and move toward your future.
In the Bible, we read about a man in Jerusalem who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. He spent every day of his life lying on a mat by the pool of Bethesda, hoping for a miracle. This man had a deep-seated, lingering disorder.
Many people today have lingering disorders. Their maladies may not be physical; they may be emotional, but they are deep-seated, lingering disorders nonetheless. Like the story in John 5 about the invalid lying by the pool of Bethesda, some people sit back year after year, waiting for a miracle to happen, waiting for some big event to come along to make everything better.
One day Jesus saw the man lying there in need. It was obvious that he was crippled, but Jesus asked a simple, straightforward question: “Do you want to get well?” The man’s response was interesting. He began listing all of his excuses. “I’m all alone. I don’t have anyone to help me. Other people have let me down. Other people always seem to get ahead of me. I don’t have a chance in life.” Is it any wonder he was in that condition for thirty-eight years?
Jesus didn’t even respond to his sad story. He didn’t say, “Yes, friend, I agree with you, You’ve had a tough time. Let me commiserate with you.”
No, Jesus looked at him and said in effect, “If you are serious about getting well, if you are serious about getting your life in order, if you really want to get out of this mess, here’s what you must do: Get up off the ground, take up your bed, and be on your way.” When the man did what Jesus told him, he was miraculously healed!
If you’re serious about being well, if you really want to be made physically and emotionally whole, you must get up and get moving with your life. No more lying around feeling sorry for yourself. Stop making excuses; stop blaming circumstances or people who disappointed you. Instead, start forgiving the people who hurt you.
(Make a list of the people in your life from whom you need forgiveness or to whom you need to extend forgiveness. Briefly describe the situation related to each person.)
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” ( Luke 6:37)
A Prayer For Today: Lord, I’m answering the question You posed to the man at the pool: “Yes, I want to be well.” I want to get rid of my bitterness and disappointments and begin the process of letting go of the past. Lord, I pray for the grace to forgive the people I listed in this journal, those who’ve hurt me. Please give me the courage to ask forgiveness from those I’ve wounded. Help me begin today to release any anger and resentment I’ve held deep in my heart, and make me emotionally whole again. Thank You, Father, for setting me free!
He who cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. Corrie ten Boom
Takeaway Truth: Today, I will dare to trust God. I know I cannot change the disappointment and pain of my past, so I will not try. But I will stay in an attitude of faith, believing God will use this pain to my advantage, and that the outcome will be even better than it would have been had I never been hurt.