I don’t know about you, but I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my past–said things and done things that I sure wish I hadn’t. We introverts tend to mull over these regrettable occurrences more than most, and it can be just short of painful to relive some of our cringe-worthy episodes. To just “get over” something is difficult and “moving on” takes time.
The main character in a book is supposed to transform by the last chapter proving to the reader–and even to the author–that, yes, a person can truly overcome things from the past. One of the many enjoyable things about being an author is developing this character and helping her through this process, and this is one of the many ways where writing can be therapeutic and fulfilling.
I know personally, though, that I can only get fully beyond my many gaffes with God’s help. He is the only One who can settle my mind and spirit and encourage me with His Word. I read this passage this morning from Proverbs 4:25-26: “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”
And, of course, Philippians 3: 13 tells me what I must do: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before…”
As we leave 2020 and all its challenges behind and move into 2021, I remind myself and wish to encourage others that there is nothing we can do about the past but leave it in the Lord’s hands, focus our eyes ahead, and move forward doing our best to better serve and live for Him.