Are You Held Hostage By Your Past?
We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all had failures. And we’ve all sinned.
So join the club with the rest of us.
You can’t allow your past to hold your future hostage.
For example, some people have trouble understanding God’s forgiveness because of what they have in their past. It’s tough to get over whatever they’ve done. In those cases, you need to look at those in the Bible. Paul was called Saul before he came to Christ and he was the one hunting down and putting Christians to death.
But he never allowed his past to hold his future hostage. He preached the Gospel everywhere he went and wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament after his conversion.
God will forgive you of anything in your past. All you have to do is ask, repent, and then forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself is the hardest step there is.
This applies to your failures as well.
Perhaps you tried to start a business a few years ago. You lost both time and money. Perhaps you even ended up in debt from it.
I know the feeling. I failed at multiple different businesses before I discovered the Internet. It seemed like I was a failure going somewhere to happen.
But I didn’t quit. I didn’t allow those failures to hold me back from the future. Sure, it was tough to get over them in the beginning. It was hard to believe I could succeed when all my previous experience was failure.
I moved forward anyway. Learn from your past mistakes, but don’t let them hold you back.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Phil 3:13-14, NKJV
What is your past is holding you back today? What is weighing you down?
When I went to motorcycle safety class years ago, one of the toughest things for me to practice was turning my head fully as you go into a turn.
On a motorcycle you’re turn your head toward the direction you want to go. Focus on where you want to end up. In other words, look into the corner instead of staring at the pavement you’re trying to avoid!
If you’re constantly looking at your past, you’re sabotaging your future.
This is true in your spiritual walk, your relationships, your health, and your career/business.
All of the entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to have their “failure” story. It sometimes seems that failure in business is almost a prerequisite to long-term success. Some succeed right out of the gate and then find a way to run their business into the ground later.
If you’ve lost money in business previously, then you’ve already overcome one of the major hurdles we’ve all gone through.
Here’s where we need some reader participation.
How have you gotten over failures in your past and put them completely behind you?