“God, who foresaw you tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain, but without stain.”
~ C.S. Lewis
We all have a past.
We are all different people than we were even a year ago.
For some of us that is good, and some of us that is bad. But for all of us, it’s true. People always tell us to “leave the past behind and move on”. But I wonder sometimes how true that is. Should we leave our past behind? To be honest, I don’t think we should *gasp*. I believe that our past is part of what makes us who we are today. Regardless if your past is good or bad, your past helped shape you into the person you are today. You can’t leave that behind, otherwise you leave behind who you are.
Now, before you all get mad at me and stop reading. Let me explain a little more about dealing with your past. Because you have a past that shaped you into who you are today, you can’t leave it, forget it, or pretend your past never happened. to do so would be to forsake the gift that God gave you to use your past to help others who are currently going through similar things. And I believe that is one of the most important things you can do with your past.
But you can choose to not focus on it. Some of you know this, and some of you don’t, but I used to struggle with anger. I have worked through it, and I can’t remember the last time I actually got so mad that I wanted to throw something, punch something, scream, yell, etc. I am not proud of the things I did in my past when I couldn’t control my anger, but I don’t ever want to forget it. Instead, I don’t focus on it, I don’t beat myself up over it, instead I focus on and thank God that He brought me out of that and into a place where anger no longer controls me, and I control it. It makes me understanding and more capable of dealing with people who are angry.
So don’t ever forget your past, pretend it didn’t happen, or leave it behind. Instead, focus on the good that God has brought from it, thank Him for bringing you through. The fact that you are now on the other side of is indeed a gift that God has given you to help others with. I know sometimes that can be so difficult to see, but it begins with a simple “thank you God for bringing me through it.”