One scary word that we all know too well is “Future”. But another one that is just as scary or sometimes more…is “Past”. How many of us have looked back at our past and said, “If I knew what I did now I would’ve done things completely differently”. And it’s true, we probably would’ve. While writing my song titled “Dear Me…” I thought a lot about how I wish I could go back and change how I acted in certain moments or how I thought. But the truth is, if you truly ask me the question now “If you had the chance to go back and change things would you?”… I would answer no.
Despite all my falls and mistakes, I am who I am because of them. I have grown and learned so much because of my mistakes. Yes I am not proud of things I have done or how I have treated others or myself for that matter, but these falls have been my stepping-stones in life, not my heavy boulders on my shoulders. There is always a purpose behind every fall, behind every stumble, behind all our past suffering. Maybe it’s an opportunity for self-growth, an opportunity to depend on God more, or an opportunity to share your witness with others. Ask God to shine His light on every dark corner in your past and find it’s purpose.
Don’t EVER believe the lies that roam around your head that your worth is defined by your mistakes. It’s not! Our worth is defined by Christ’s death for us on the Cross, by His incredible love for us. The lower we think of ourselves, the more prone we are to stray from God and lose faith. It is also a form of pride because we constantly bring the attention towards ourselves and the Bible warns us of this: “Humility deserves honour and respect, but a low opinion of yourself leads to sin” (Sirach 4:21). You are God’s most incredible masterpiece. He created you and loves you even in your falls. His promise of love isn’t that he lets us fall, but that he will ALWAYS be there to pick us up and will ALWAYS love us and endure with us. Your mistakes don’t define you, they only help you grow.
This New Year, is exactly that; a New Year, and a new beginning. It doesn’t matter what you have done or how far you have fallen. What matters is where you go from here, where your steps will be when you get up. Take a lesson from every mistake, ask God’s forgiveness and let it be washed away like the tide washes away sand at the shore. Don’t drag your past wounds into the present. God let go of your past when you asked for His forgiveness, it’s ok for you to let it go too.
I am praying for you.
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