I used to have a bad habit of memorializing the dates when bad things happened in my life. I’m a huge numbers and dates person, so while I love to remember and reminisce the good moments, I’d also remember and mourn the bad. I would repeat this destructive habit year after year, creating more and more anxiety for myself. This year, the day before “the day” I began to feel anxious, and sick, as if something was going to happen. I knew there was nothing wrong with me, I was just apprehensive because of the disappointment I felt on that day many years ago. I realized that I was setting myself up to stay in bondage to those unpleasant experiences and memories. While in prayer that morning, I was reminded of this powerful scripture:
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead ~Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
The scripture reminded me to forget the past, and focus on the future. We should only remember the past as a reference, but please, don’t park there and get sucked into those memories. The Bible says FORGET THE PAST. So I hereby give you permission to let it go; whatever it is. Let it go. What we think about can not only keep us in a bad head space, but it can also cause us to have a negative physical response. Why waste so much energy on something that is gone? I am grateful for every experience in my past, good and bad, because those experiences continue to shape who I am. There is no need to fear the past because it’s behind me and can do absolutely nothing to me! I thank my past for the lessons, but I’m focused on the future now, and I hope you will too. Keep reading below for a practical action that you can take to release the past.
“Is there something in your past that is holding you back? If so, write it on a sheet of paper, and burn it. Sometimes a physical action needs to be taken to release the past.”
Great things ahead,