I’ve been spending time of mornings away from the writing here at WordPress. Writing is just not as useful to me as it once had been. When I started this blog, I had a goal: share my personal testimony, with the hope of others seeing the glory of God through Jesus Christ within those accounts of my life. My road has had many ups and downs, and those yesterdays had their way of sculpting me into the man I am today.
But, I sit this morning and realize just how irrelevant those yesterdays are, and I’m not even sure if glorifying the past is what I should have been doing in the first place?
Recently spending time on Facebook and observing the feed had me thinking about the way others long to bring back the past instead of living for what it is in the now. Also, it has reminded me of how I once did the same. It has me reflecting on many of the writings within this blog of mine. Yes, as I had said, the past certainly sculpts us all into the people we are at the current moment. Although, I notice a prominent pattern within the social media platform, and it is common. Many long for a place in the past when their lives were different. They want to go back to a time that will never exist again. A place before their choices, circumstances, and ignorance shaped them into today’s product.
I don’t know of whom within those friends on my Facebook truly believe the Jesus died for their sins, but I do know the religious ones. They vigorously try to convey to the world that they are good people. They like to post their good deeds and show others that they are earning a place in the bosom of our Lord. I wish that I could convince them that it all fell upon the sacrifice that Christ, alone, had made. Outside of the, “devout,” and outside of those who flash their religion for attractive veneer, many are broken into the mirror fragments that often reflect their past. I know a few that believe that Christ died for them, but they refuse to forgive themselves. They hold on to yesterday’s mistakes and their current life suffers because of it.
I sometimes think that religion is what causes many to hate themselves. Chastising self, because that is a popular trend within the so-called Church, is engrained within the mentality of many that have reached out to God for peace. The poor and unhappy souls I have noticed in my feed, with even one in particular pleading with God for a break from their past, unfortunately, live in a time that is now over. A time that cannot be changed.
I encourage you today to look forward, not back. I encourage you to believe that all of your sins fell upon Jesus Christ, and that now is the time to give up what you are wanting back. What you desire to have back only exists in the past. I encourage you to just put away the things that are hindering growth–a growth that will only blossom in a future time. Stop chastising yourself and thinking that you are not worthy of moving forward into peaceful spaces. Find your tools, and move forward.