One day I took a walk on the beach. As I walked in the sand, I noticed how the outline of my feet made unique prints as I took steps. So I paused to admire them. As I watched, the prints further away begun to fade. I thought, maybe if I went back and stepped over them they would appear as they were before. To my horror, the more I stepped in them, the more the outline disappeared leaving a mush of disheveled beach sand behind. I then realized that, focusing on making better footprints in my next steps was more possible then redoing the prints I had made before.
You see, I still think about my past – the mistakes I made, especially the ones that seem indelible. It baffles my mind. I sometimes wish I could go back in time and undo some of the things I did, but that’s impossible. Scriptures have been my only source of peace and rescue. It has helped me grow, accept and even learn to appreciate that the past is the past. I am stronger now because of the experiences I’ve had.
A childhood friend once posted on Facebook. She wrote, “Every time I take my daughter to school, her teacher asks me if she really is my daughter. When I tell him that she is, he just looks at me with doubt as if I was lying. I’ve told him that I had my daughter while I was in high school, but he still doesn’t believe me”. The reality is, her present look does not reflect her past mistakes. He looks at her and sees what she is now but does not know or understand what she has been through.
That’s why when people gossip about our past comparing it to our present situation we need to know that we are making progress. Jesus paid it all for our salvation. We are a new creation, a royal priesthood and a part of a chosen generation. It was the hand of God that took us from our dirty past and brought us to our glowing present and it is he who has the final say in our lives. Don’t be a fool trying to go back and relive the past. The bible says in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the things of old for I am doing a new thing. I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert”. If you believe this then press forward towards righteousness aiming to do only what God has called you to do. Your past mistakes can in no way disqualify you for the future that God has planned for you. You have been bought by a price so do not let yourselves become slaves to your past anymore (1 Corinthians 7:21-24).
By: Matthew G. Garway, Jr. Great Commission Movement of Liberia