Are you still looking in the rear view mirror John 10:10
Will you choose to live a life ruled by the thief or by the King?
Remember, the thief (the devil) comes to steal kill and destroy, but Jesus comes to give you life and life in abundance.
One of the saddest things I hear from people is that they have been hurt or disillusioned by circumstances that have surrounded their life, and because of their pain, they can not make a decision to do anything that will improve their future, no matter how good the opportunity is or what it could mean, because their hurt and pain rule their lives.
I had a wonderful discussion with one of my daughters recently, she had said the one thing that I believe we have all said at one point in our lives “She makes me so angry!” (she was talking about her sister lol)
So we had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that actually meant.
She told me all the things that had happened and had decided that because of this, she was going to be mad and angry.
I told her that my role as a dad is to raise her to be an adult that can take on lives challenges and do the things she will need to do to have success in her life with what ever she chooses to do and I needed to help her understand something… “No one can make you angry, it is a choice. You can choose to be angry, just like you can choose to be hurt emotionally and this also means you can choose to be happy and positive…”
Obviously our conversation went on a little while after this, however the point I want you to understand is that no one can hurt you unless you give them permission to do so and it is the same with your future.
Your future does not have to be bad, it can be the most amazing and wonderful future you could possibly have, if you choose it to be.
However one of the problems people face is getting over their hurts, I know some cut very deep but others are just paper cuts and it is time to let them go and move forward.
For some people it is like they can not move forward in a straight line because they keep looking at their past. Think about it this way, can you drive straight if you are always looking into the rear view mirror? Please don’t try it out, it will end in catastrophy.
Unfortunately this is what many people do. Instead of looking ahead with joy in their hearts and a sense of adventure in their spirits, all the possibilities of good are over shadowed by the hurt and pain of yesterday, and for some people it is from over 20 years ago and even for others it is because they saw other people get hurt, so they believe they will have the same outcome, even though they are not that person and did not experience what that person experienced.
You have to ask yourself a few of questions:
- Are you going to continually live in the past looking into the rear view mirror and not looking at the opportunities coming your way?
- Will you live your life based on other peoples experiences?
- Are you going to allow the King to give you the gifts and future He has for you?
You see I believe you truly want to stop looking behind and want with all your heart to look forward. I believe that deep inside of you waiting to come out is a person who wants to lead an unrelenting life that chases after the dreams and purposes in their heart.
The King (Jesus) came to give you life and life in abundance, however to have that life, we need to walk the way He has asked us to walk, and that is a walk of faith.
Many people get the walk of faith confused. They think they just have to pray and wait and everything will be ok, they forget the scripture that “Faith without works is dead”, so obviously we need to act in faith that our prayers have been answered.
To understand this better, I personally believe that we need to speak out what it is we are believing for and then believe that God has already done and accomplished it, it is now up to us to do the work to get it.
In our business, nothing happens without work. I know many people wish they could just wake up in the morning and have all that they wanted without having to do anything, but you and I both know (well I hope you do) that this is not the case. It is like we have to prove that we can handle what it is we have prayed for.
The challenges, the struggles and the successors allow us to grow and become the person God wants us to be, wants YOU to be. They are not to be forgotten, they are to be learned from so that you can change and develop. It is those things that allow you to become stronger, more confident but at the same time more reliant upon the One who rules.
Remember “if He is for you, who can be against you!”
Now is a wonderful time for you to stop looking into the rearview mirror and start looking forward. Now is your time in history, there is no one like you, no one else can impact the lives that you can impact or be you. You were created for a purpose, don’t allow the hurt and frustration and fear stop you from going after the opportunities being laid out before you today.
Let go of yesterday, let go of sin, let go of hurt and allow God to rule in every area.
Listen to that still small voice that is Him speaking to you. He is not the one saying the negatives, He is the ones saying: “go for it, your more than an overcomer, I am with you, trust Me, I believe in you!”
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