Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Sunday, October 5, 2014
I used to compare myself to an elephant. You know what they say about elephants ... they never forget. In my mind I would relive various situations from my past ... beating myself up for having done, or not having done, whatever it was that I had or hadn't done. This is always a stupid thing to do. You can't change whatever it was that you did or didn't do in your past. That time has passed, never to return again.
You can always tell if you're in danger of reliving your past in a negative way. Some of the telltale signs are thoughts that begin like this:
Some of the regrets we have about our past have maybe impacted our present. Our lives are what they are now because of something we did or didn't do in the past.
I am not proud to say it but I had a lot of thoughts like these once upon a time, & they indeed made me bitter & resentful & depressed. I was especially foolish in that I would often relive the bad decisions I made in the past & this would of course make me relive the pain of what I had or hadn't done over & over & over again.
Can you imagine Paul thinking this way?
Paul & Peter probably regretted these things, but they didn't let them overshadow their present or future lives. They looked back, acknowledged their bad decisions, learned from them, & moved on.
The regrets I had/have, I was never able to do like Paul or Peter ... acknowledge my bad decisions, learn from them, & then move on. One of the things I often used to say was how it's not fair that you have to keep paying in the present for the bad decisions you made in your past. Yep ... I said that. I've grown up a bit since then : )
I learned a few years ago to not dwell on the past. The bad decisions I made, however, are not forgotten. Some of them have impacted my present & my future; some have not. I still have regrets ... I suspect I always will ... but with God's help, I will never again allow them to drag me down into a pit of despair.
I read a great little devotional from Our Daily Bread last month. It talked about Sarah telling Abraham to sleep with Hagar so that he would have the child God promised to him. Sarah was not pregnant, & she was getting a little tired waiting for God to give them a child. She decided that perhaps God meant for this child to be born of another woman. I honestly don't know where her mind was at the time. Anyway, when Hagar became pregnant, Sarah despised her. The devotional talks about how bitter Sarah was against Abraham, Hagar, & Ishmael when he was born. The last paragraph reads like this ...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
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