Friday, July 19, 2013

Conquering the Past: Living Forward



Living Forward


When we live backwards, it's easy to let the past define our future. It's easy to believe that who we have been is who we always will be, who we have to be. It's easy to be continually beat down by our experiences and the hurts we have felt.

But, when we live forward, we begin to realize that none of these are true. What happened yesterday does have an effect on who we are today. It contributes to our beliefs and our expectations, our choices and our words. But, our experiences do not dictate what those, moving forward, have to be.

There are consequences to every action that we've taken or experienced. And consequences must be paid. But, you guys, consequences have expiration dates. There comes a time when you stop making people pay. There comes a time when you stop paying. If you're the one constantly extending the expiration date, you're got to ask yourself why you're so intent on punishing for someone else's past. And if you're the one constantly being punished for offenses already paid for, you've got to ask yourself why you're so willing to continue paying it. Is paying really worth it?

We have known and been people who aren't good for us - but we are not bound by those people. We have the power to change both the people in our lives and the people inside of us. We have the ability to change who we are and who we surround ourselves with.

Living forward, the future is open. Who we are is open.

Open and unwritten -- until you pick up the pen.

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"Conquering the Past" Series


Monday......................  Accept It
Tuesday ....................   The Past's Effects
Wednesday ..............   Struggling to Let Go
Thursday ..................   We Don't Look Backwards
Friday .......................   Living Forward
Saturday ...................   Let It Go

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