Sitting on this plane heading towards Chicago, I can’t help but to reflect one last time before I give myself the opportunity to clean the slate and start a new journey in life.
A fresh start. A do-over. A new beginning.
These are all things I’ve been searching for, praying about, and longing for. Nevertheless, I could never seem to find a way to do it. I tried to change the way I acted and did things. To a certain degree, it helped. Although, it wasn’t until this past Sunday while listening to a sermon that what I really needed to change first was my perspective and mind. Everything we do starts there. Are you going to let your past mistakes haunt you or allow them to be an opportunity to grow? Personally, changing my perspective from guilt and resentment to optimism has allowed me to snap out of this anger-filled “fog” that has derailed me for a little over a year. It’s helped me reflect on my mistakes and realize that I am capable of being a better individual if I really wanted to (with God’s assistance of course). It has resulted in myself realizing that love and compassion should be shown to everyone, especially the ones you love and are the closest to. It has also helped me realize that even if someone says or does things to hurt you intentionally, continue to treat them with love and respect. Last but not least, it helped me realized I’m not a bad person. I just made bad mistakes.
Does realizing all this mean I still don’t wish I could go back and do things over where I messed up? Of course I still wish I could. But, unfortunately sometimes we won’t get that opportunity to correct our wrongs from the past. Second chances aren’t guaranteed from everyone in this life. It may not make sense to me, but it makes sense to God and I trust His plan for me.
We can’t change our past, but we can certainly decide how to direct our future. God’s grace is glorious and he gives us another opportunity to rise above and live for His glory.
Tough times aren’t meant to last forever if you decide to change the way you think and act. Be still and let God do his work. He will never let his children perish as long as you continue to live obediently. Put God first and allow God to renew the spirit within you. He’ll rescue you from that valley when the time is right. Have faith and trust his plan for you.
I’m excited to see what God has in store for me. I think about how I literally have no idea how my life story continues from here. But what I do know is I have Jesus Christ meeting me here in THIS PLACE orchestrating my journey through life. What could be better than that?
Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.“