The Past Is In The Past

teengirlrearviewmirrorHas someone ever hurt you? Have you ever hurt someone?

In this world of humans we are in a never ending cycle of hurting each other. Since no one is perfect, it’s inevitable to get hurt once in a while.

Do you feel like the hurt in your life has traumatized you and you can’t forget it? Do you carry it heavy on your shoulders and in your heart?

Some of us go through extreme pain in our lives. We lose loved ones, deal with divorce or separation with our parents, or even sometimes have a parent abandon us. Some of us face diseases or illness.  There is bullying and prejudice. Life can be overwhelming.  Our hearts get really hurt sometimes, so I want to encourage you to take heart and begin to focus on the Lord.  Because the Lord our God has overcome the world, we can always have hope!

Our bones get bruised, and our hearts get broken, and it takes such a toll on us. Sometimes these hurts cause bitterness and resentment. Sometimes we carry a lasting ache that cannot be shaken.

Sometimes I smell something that provokes a memory or hear a song that sends me reeling reminding me of pain I experienced. The pain stricken memory sends me into a gloomy place that affects my mood. Does any of this sound familiar? Have you noticed your heart becoming slow and cold because there’s so much building up?

Dear one, there is so much more to the pain than just the hurt. There is healing that can come and light that wants to combat the dark. Depression and hurt have no power over you, you just need to be revived. You don’t have to hold onto those painful things. Those things that cause you hurt do not and never will define you. They are meant to be let go, like the release of a balloon to watch it go up and up until it is completely out of sight. You are not the mistakes you’ve made, and know this – You are not the bad things people have said you are.

You are so much more.

Danny Gokey sings these words in his song “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again”:

      “Yesterday’s a closing door, you don’t live there anymore. Say goodbye to where you’ve been, and tell your heart to beat again.”

I encourage you to leave the past in the past and make choices to allow your heart to beat again. You can be a whole person by leaving the past and not living there anymore. We can’t drive a car looking in the rear view mirror so why would you live life that way? Your future is not defined by your past, not at all.

God is always calling you farther away from your past, and into his perfect plan for your life.

    “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13

      “”Forget the former thing; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18

Wake up each day and give your hurt and pain to God until you can move forward without those things holding you back. Wake up every day and chose to be happy because God’s got you! Choose to let the healing begin and press on towards the prize of living life happily, fully and with hope! Your past is not your future dear heart, your future is fresh with no mistakes in it, keep moving forward, and no more looking back, tell your heart to begin to beat again.

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carly_sThis blog was written by Pure Design Teen Magazine’s blogger Carly Sage. Carly is 19 years old and lives in Youngstown, Ohio where she attends Victory School of Ministry through Victory Christian Church. She hopes to be in full-time ministry as a pastor one day and loves to express herself through writing!

 

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