We all have a past, don’t we? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could pick the parts out that we like and discard the parts that aren’t so pretty? Well, we can’t. Our past is just that, our past. Everyone has one and no one’s past is perfect.
My past doesn’t look like a pretty picture but I am so thankful for it. Without my past as a contributor to my present, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. But as the image says, ‘I don’t live there anymore’. And I really don’t. I have become so much more of a person than the years that precede me.
I think that most people are defined by their pasts. Haven’t you ever heard someone say something like, ‘Who does she think she is? I know so much about her past it’s not funny’. I think people who speak and think this way are shallow, or maybe unforgiving is a better word. The Bible tells us to ‘Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past’, Isaiah 43:18. And so I pray for those that won’t let go of my past and are bent on using it against me. I have a real sadness for these people because it has been my experience that they use these negative bits of information to bring you down to their level because they are not feeling good about themselves. They use this as a means of justification for the problems with their own life.
I often have to remind my own self that I don’t live in my past anymore. Sometimes I can’t escape it. I believe the devil uses my past to keep all of those bad memories current in my mind. This is how the devil works.
Knowing all of this, I dwell on the positive things in this life. It is so easy to be brought down by others’ opinions, and their negative energy. You have to rise above it, you just have to. Live in the moment. Build your present and your future on the positive and leave behind those who define you by your past. You don’t have to be rude or mean to those people, just let them know you are on a new journey where positivity is needed and encouraging. And, when they bring up your past, just simply say, ‘I don’t live there anymore’.