“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
I’m back again. I feel like I should just blog when I feel like it, so here I am.
Call me what you want, but I absolutely love this game called Choices. This game allows you to be a part of whichever book you decide to be in that they have provided and make decisions for your character. (I have to find stuff to do in my free time, and playing this game is one thing I do consistently.) So, I’m sitting down doing my usual “gaming,” and one of the characters in my book decides to tell me about his past. He got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up being convicted of car theft. I’m sitting on the couch like Whoa! Didn’t see that coming! Well, to make a long story short, my friend was trying to run for student body president, and his opponent decided to bring that up. (Playing dirty never gets you the W, by the way.)
What would you do in a situation like that? I honestly could not think of anything I could do in a situation like that. Of course, you know me, I started thinking, deep thinking that is. How many times have we been reminded of our past? I mean you’re trying to be a better person, do better things, and somebody comes up to you talking about I remember when.. *Imagine me rolling my eyes here because I did.*
After doing my deep thinking, I realized that this is something I struggle with. People don’t often bring up mistakes I’ve made, but those mistakes haunt me. I am my own worst critic, and I often think about things I could have done better. I just really want to be honest with you and myself here. I have mixed feelings about our friend “the past.” We have great memories and some not so great memories, but I say all of this to encourage you to do one thing…
You will never ever be able to move ahead in your life if you keep worrying about things you have done in the past. The past makes you who you are. If it weren’t for your past, you wouldn’t have a present, and you sure wouldn’t have a future. I know I just talked to you about bouncing back, so here’s your opportunity to do so. Guilt and dwelling on the past will only keep you stunted in your growth on this journey. Most importantly, God forgives our mistakes. We can never be perfect, but we can strive to continue to be better people and live the life He would want us to live.
Go back for me to my Choices story. My friend decided to announce to the school his past mistakes and own up to them. (Brave, brave soul.) He said that he wouldn’t be the person he was today if he didn’t make those mistakes. He believed in second chances and was given a second chance to be a better person. Oh yea, he won the presidency, too! Lol
God is a God of many chances. He gives us so many chances to do what’s right and live for Him. Don’t miss the opportunities God is giving you today because you can’t forgive yourself for your mistakes. Any negative thoughts are from Satan himself, and you have to put your foot down and let him know. GET BACK SATAN! I HAVE A LIFE TO LIVE! You have so many days ahead of you. Every day is another chance to get it right. So, this lengthy blog of mine was written to encourage you to live. Your life is so precious. Don’t waste it thinking about things you can’t change. Utilize it by thinking about those things that you can change to help you grow and be who you need to be. Live, my friends, just live.