Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Moving Forward – With a Past

I hope a lot of you don’t spend time dwelling on your past. The past few months I have, but for a good reason. I was reaching back to my youth and experiences for a book I am writing. Which by the way is almost complete.

Living in the past is a waste of time. There is nothing there for me. Yes, I should always remember the past and learn from it. If I’m not careful I might get stuck there. Finding the balance of remembering fondly and then moving on can be tricky. I don’t have any real secrets on how to do this successfully, but my advice is free.

Sometimes when contemplating the past it may not bring fond memories. There are surely things we all want to forget like the mistakes, wrong choices and getting in trouble. Having those thoughts and images coming in can make us uncomfortable and fill us with regret, but they are necessary. Hopefully we learned from them, took good notes and didn’t repeat the errors.

The older we get the more we go back sometimes. That’s OK, it is part of life’s journey. It may seem like we are going backwards but we’re actually moving forward.
 
Not too many people like change, but that’s what happens to us daily. Every day that we arise, we make a new memory. They say the new 20 is 40 and the new 40 is 60. Well I think I’m about 30ish (at least in my head). However the old body tells me I am definitely 60ish.

So how do we deal with those changes, remembering our past but not living in the past?

Here are a few ideas:
  • Smile each day when you wake up
  • Do a good deed for someone – even yourself
  • Soak up some sun, at least 15 minutes
  • Ask God to replace negative thoughts of the past

Ephesians 4:20-24 

“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grow corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

This passage speaks of the new man that we become after we follow Christ’s instructions and put on the new man, but can certainly be applied to our old memories also. Don’t dwell there. Move forward today, make new memories and be happy.

Hope you have a wonderful productive positive day.

May God Bless