There is such a morbid and sad finality with statements like, “Your past is done, there’s nothing you can do about it, best to move on.” Not only is it morbid and sad, it is wrong. Your past can indeed be changed.
Matter of fact when the clock ticks midnight this evening your past will be changed yet again as this day becomes a part of your past.
You may think I’m just playing word games but I’m not.
There are a lot of things that look horrible in the light of just a few days, but add a few weeks, months, and even years and the verdict on your life will be different.
Looking back through the lens of wisdom and experience you begin to see your past differently and you begin to understand your past differently. And (this is a little harder, but doable) people begin to see you differently.
For example, Joseph could have given up and thrown in the towel–a poor victim of betrayal by his own brothers, a slave and a convict. But Joseph choose to change his past one day at a time; you can do the same also. (Read the exciting story in Genesis 37-50)
So today, you may be real close to a part of your past that leaves your emotions raw and on edge. You may feel that you’ve blown it, been betrayed beyond repair, that you’ll never get over it or recover from it.
Or, you may be ready to wash your hands of even trying—feeling that people will never forgive you for what’s you’ve done, feeling that you reputation is ruined beyond repair.
But hang on, your past will be different in a year or so and if you are intentional it can be different in a new and better way.
How? By changing your past one day at a time, one wise decision at a time.
- The ONE THING for today: You are changing you past today—make it count.
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.