For the better part of my whole life, I have understood that I am responsible for my actions. Whether my results were good, bad, or indifferent, I know that they were the choices that I have made. I have realized one MAJOR thing as I continue to grow older and a little wiser.
‘AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE, I AM A SUM TOTAL OF ALL OF MY ACTIONS (PERIOD).’
How I have responded or reacted to everything that has taken place in my life was up to me! Depending on where your mindset is concerning your present conditions, this can be a good thing, a bad thing, or just whatever. In dealing with these thoughts, one thing that I struggle with is the thought process of, ‘I wish’ I could change the past.
The past haunts me; could-haves, would-haves, should-haves, are all thoughts that trouble me when I sit still for a moment. Sometimes I am unhappy with my present conditions, as long as I am looking at them through the ‘lenses of the past.’ On the other hand, I find, if I look at my present conditions through the ‘lenses of the present and future,’ there is an opportunity for me to change my outlook on life, make some changes, and put the past behind me so that tomorrow will be different then today.
Most people have heard this statement before, ‘you cannot change the past,’ but this does not stop you from living in it. Even though the past may haunt you, it does not mean that you have to stay stuck in it. You can find a way through Jesus to help you move past those hang-ups that you are holding on to. In (Philippians 3:13 NIV) brother Paul tells us, “but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” The past is a powerful force in some of our lives, ‘it is so powerful that it is controlling our present future.’ We must take action immediately if we want different results! We must work on changing our mindset and actions to where the past no longer is in control of our future actions and happiness.