Move Forward! Let It Go.
“You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build a new, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (Isaiah 58:12)
If you’re going to go forward in life, you must quit looking backward. Why? Because your life is going to follow your thoughts. If you’re constantly dwelling on all the negative things that have happened to you, focused on what you’ve done wrong, you’re perpetuating that problem. You will never be truly happy as long as you harbor bitterness in your heart.
Perhaps you’ve been blaming God for taking one of your loved ones or because your situation didn’t work out after you prayed about it. If you don’t deal with it, you will wallow in self-pity. You must let go of those negative attitudes and the accompanying anger. Let it go.
When we keep reliving the painful memories of the past, we negate God’s desire to bring healing. Just as we are about to heal, we start talking about it, seeing it in our imagination. All of a sudden, we can feel those same emotions all over again, tearing open the old wound. It will never properly heal until we learn to leave it alone. When you dwell on painful experiences in your past, your emotions go right back there with you, and you feel the pain as vividly in the present as when it happened twenty years ago.
Refuse to go back there emotionally; refuse to dredge up negative emotional memories. Recounting painful experiences will do you no good; in fact, strongly felt negative emotions hold the potential to severely stifle your progress.
No matter what you’ve been through, God is saying there are great days ahead for you. Say, “I’m not going to be a prisoner of my past. I’ve had enough. I’m going to stop focusing on my disappointments. I’m moving on with my life, knowing that God has good things in store.” If you’ll develop that kind of attitude, God will give you a new beginning.