"This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ― Corrie ten Boom
This is so true. Remember, wherever you go, whoever you meet, God uses the experiences and people that have passed through our lives to mold and form us into the image of His Son.
(1). Some experiences and people are like holy sandpaper, meant to rub the rough edges off of us.
(2). Some experiences and people are like mirrors, meant to be used that we see ourselves though the experiences and lives of other people.
(3). Some experiences and people are like a rose, meant to remind us of the beauty and sweet fragrance of life.
(4). Some experiences and people are like heartburn, meant to reveal what lies inside of us that needs to be healed.
(5). Some experiences and people are like walking a tightrope, meant to show us if we stay there very long we will certainly fall.
(6). Some experiences and people are like salt, meant that they have preserved us, seasoned us, and keep us thirsty.
When we speak about our past, why is it that for the most part all we can remember are the bad and the hurtful things were done or said to us? While we seem to find it easy to recall the bad and hurtful things done to us there are two things we seldom remember.
(1). The good things and good times we had.
(2) The bad and hurtful things we said and did to others.
It is the easiest and yet most costly thing in the world to be and stay a victim to our past. Just some thoughts from a Pastor's heart that has learn to live without regrets. The Apostle Paul tells what to do in regards to our past and in relation to our future.
Philippians 3:13-14 ESV (13) Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..