Following on from my last post I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying this week. On top of my normal time with God I have spent this week leaning more into Him then usual with a desire to cultivate a more deeper relationship with Him by fasting and prayer (more on that topic another day). This post is all about my challenge…and likely the last about The Past…
I’m sure you have heard the saying “hindsight is 20/20″…it’s always easier to look back at the past and think I should have said, or I should have done or even, I wish I hadn’t…One of the things that I’ve been learning is that I probably do that too often. I don’t know about you but I’m sure there is more than one person out there who is like me…ya? Come on, fess up…you know you wanna…
Confession: 2010 although amazing, gave me a lot of situations where I could learn from…ie. I made some mistakes or more interesting choices (and they were my choices) which weren’t all the best…(thankfully God is a merciful and gracious God and definitely makes all things good…but again, another post)…and not all my choices were bad… and admittedly a lot of these thoughts have to do with interpersonal relationships…surprise?
However, it still makes me take moments in my day and think…if I hadn’t made the choices I did, would 2011, as far as we are into it, have turned out differently?
Well, duh of course it would but I can’t live thinking or believing that different would have been better, it may have been or it may have not…I don’t know nor will I ever know; this isn’t Back to the Future. This thought pattern is kind of like “the grass is always greener”…not a healthy perspective. Instead, I want to be a person who looks at the future and goes…”Bring it on baby!”
In Genesis 19 angels instructed Lot to take his wife and daughters and run away without looking back, as the Lord was going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, Lot’s wife turned back for a last look at the city, and was turned into a pillar of salt.
The Bible warns of looking at the past too much. Living in the past means that we are not focused on the future and more importantly we’re not focused on others. Living in the past means that the central character in our story is us. And something I read on Twitter yesterday hit me: When we become the centerpiece of our own story, life becomes a tragedy. I don’t want to live a tragic tale. I want to live a tale of courage, hope, grace, mercy and freedom…and above all Love.
Christine Caine (and a few other amazing people I have had the privilege of hearing speak) have talked about how we need to be in control of our thoughts. When we start to go off on a trail of “what if” we need to capture that thought and bring it back to the future and to God.
The apostle Paul, in Romans 12, warns us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
By transforming our minds and not conforming our lives to the patterns, ways, thoughts of this world, we focus on Him and allows God to change our minds, our desires…
It’s time to renew our minds. Set our thoughts on God and He will direct our paths for He is the way, the truth and the life.