Your Past Does Not Determine Your Destination
The other day I was looking at old videos of when our son Connor was almost 2 years old. Connor was smiling at us, laughing, with full eye contact like a typical child. When I would say something to him he would automatically respond. I saw him playing with his mom and other kids who came over without any hesitation. I have to be honest, it’s been painful for me to watch those video’s because just a few short months later everything changed. When I look back I start to think what could we have done differently? Was this our fault? All these feelings of guilt can come flooding in. Then you start feeling regret, depression, fear, and a myriad of negative thoughts. God does not want us to do that. He wants to show us a greater plan then what would have happened. Dream makers may fall down but they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and move forward on their journey knowing God has a greater plan designed just around the corner. They may not see it now, but God sees it for them. Faith doesn’t make things easy, it makes them possible. I had to let go of that video playing in my mind of what once was, and embrace the new story of what will be.
Dream breakers struggle with letting go of the past instead of embracing the future. At times, it’s good to remember the past but not live in it. New dreams are waiting to come into focus, but they can be blocked by past disappointments, negative words and past hurts. Life-altering moments can be a breakthrough or a breakdown. Never let a past mistake stop you from moving forward. The breakthrough happens when you make the change. One of the key things I convey to leaders is that their past does not determine their final destination. Don’t dig up things God has already forgotten. With God there is a clean slate where you can write whatever dream you have on the chalkboard. The future is too important to live in the past. I wouldn’t change anything about our journey with Connor. It’s like faith, it hasn’t been easy…but with God we have seen what is possible. If the enemy keeps reminding you of your past speak the 3 R’s my mom taught me. RECOGNIZE the enemy, REFUSE to entertain the enemy’s thoughts, and RESIST the enemy and tell him in Jesus name he must flee. The enemy has no control over your future unless he can keep you in your past. Your pain, disappointment, failure doesn’t have to be the end of you living. In the bible when Elijah was being chased by Jezebel he thought his life was over. Even after the huge victory of defeating the prophets of Baal. Yet, while Elijah was thinking the worst, God was planning the best. He heard God through a gentle whisper and God again took care of his enemies. Our greatest success often rises out of the ashes of failure. Keep believing, keep looking up. If you stay in faith what was meant to stop you will propel you to a higher level. The key is to trust God and never Give up. : )