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You Are Not Your Past

Our past does not define who we really are.

We are not our past. End of story. 

Each one of us has probably endured situations that were life-changing and seemingly earth shattering.  And, we each had a choice on how to handle those situations.

At first, we may feel anger, fear, frustration, hurt, physical pain, grief, depression, etc. Those feelings try to take hold of us and claim we have every right to feel that way.

I like to think back to a story in the book of John in the Bible.

“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3  Jesus answered, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Isn’t that beautiful!  The disciples wanted to know whose sin resulted in the man being blind. But Jesus pointed out that it was no one. He claimed it was that “the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

I love thinking about that and realizing that when we seem to be dealing with challenges, the point of it is so “that the works of God should be made manifest in” us.

When I deal with a difficult situation, I absolutely demand to find a blessing in it.  When I choose to be sad, upset, angry and depressed, my life is not enriched in any way at all.  As a mother of two, those emotions will negatively affect my children as well as everyone else around me.

So, what can I do about it?  As I mentioned earlier, we have a choice in every situation.  We can choose to cling to God and His Truth, or we can succumb to defeat. Get rid of the serpent lie that tries to tell you, you are justified in feelings of revenge or hurt or loss. Do you think God would ever tell us to feel that way?  Of course not.  God is a God of Love.

He intends for each of His children to have an overabundance of good.  When we hold on to things in our past, even if the past was yesterday or ten years ago, we are focusing on something other than God and good we must let it go.

As God's children, we are His ideas. His thoughts. God had a thought, and it was you. His thoughts are fresh and new every moment.  You are fresh and new every moment. What a freeing concept.

Let's join together and choose to see ourselves the way God sees us.  He’s not holding onto our past.  He is seeing that right this moment, we are safe in His care.  He also knows that every single moment of our existence, we have forever been protected and will forever continue to be.

I’m not going to go into detail here, but like most of you, I have endured unimaginable pain and abuse. The secret to letting it go is focusing on seeing myself and others as divine Love sees us. God could never see His children as less than beautiful. So, why would we see ourselves that way?

Let today be a new day. It IS a new day filled with grace, peace, and love.

Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou May 16, 2011 at 05:14 AM
I really love these thoughts, Julie!
Julie Paulk May 17, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Thank you, Fr. Panayiotis. :) Life is really different when we are able to focus on what's True instead of what seems to be going on.
Dee Ann Spencer Ruth May 23, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Thank you for keeping us on what is and what we can be.
Kiri Walton May 23, 2011 at 03:34 PM
This is awesome, Julie! Thanks for posting this, and I'm glad I read it today, right when I needed it.
Ellen Grimm Palm June 21, 2011 at 08:30 PM
i feel the same,im so glad i read your posting,i really needed it today and yesterday.

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