Pastor Dan Reeve
What are you expecting this year? Whether last year was a good one or a rough one, it’s a new year. Maybe you’ve had a few rough years. The last few years aren’t I’d hoped for. When you’ve experienced one bad year after another, it can be difficult to imagine life ever getting better. Thinking to yourself, “Will I ever be happy again? Will I ever smile again? Will this pain and hurt ever go away?” It’s hard to see a bright future when you’re living in a dark past. To heal a wound you need to stop touching it. Don’t keep touching the wound. You won’t move forward focusing on the past, replaying in your mind what was done to you. Some people put the past on repeat. Too many people live life in the rear view mirror. Don’t give your past the power to determine your future. It’s time to embrace the bright future God has for you.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new -Socrates
The sooner you realize it’s never going to go back to the way it was, the sooner you can move forward. As Elsa sings, “Let it go.” Stop looking back, you’re not going that way. Everyone has or will go through something that has changed them in such a way that they cannot go back to the person they once were. You cannot change the past, you can only heal the hurt that comes from the past.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead
One of the hardest things in letting go of the past is coming to terms that there are certain questions that you may never know the answer. And you won’t move forward holding on to those questions. We want to know why. That question lives in the past. Choose to move from asking why to how. From why did this happen to how can God use this. You may never understand or know why it happened. The Bible illuminates the fact that Job never saw why he suffered. But he saw God, and that was enough. God is with us even in our darkest hours. Even if you knew the answers to all your questions, that would not bring healing. Clarity—but not healing. Healing comes in pressing forward. Allow God to heal your past pain and elevate your life to new levels. You’ll begin to experience a joy that only comes from God. When you let go of the past, you can receive God’s best for your future. Believe 2016 is going to be your best year yet! As my Dad always says, “The best is yet to come!”