Monday, April 03, 2006

Taking Responsibility for our Past

I’ve been learning something over the past year that I am starting to think is huge. In fact I think it is extremely important for all of us to realize and accept in our lives. But most importantly, we must act on it. However, I’m noting more and more by observing those around me, that many either have not yet learned this OR they’ve not taken the steps to act upon it. This is not to say that I have it all down yet, but I’m working on it, day by day with God’s help.

What is this secret, you may ask?

It is that all of us have had things happen in our lives that are out of our control, that have harmed us in some way (physical, emotional, spiritual) for which we could do nothing to stop it. These things are not our fault in any way, shape or form. They were not our responsibility.

However, the secret I’m discovering is that although that situation was no fault of ours and we had no control over it, we can control how we react to it. We can choose to either dwell on this “thing” that happened in our lives or we can choose to get past it. We can use it as an excuse for not living to the full potential God has put inside of us or we can with God’s help get past it, become a stronger person and live the life God has planned for us. It is our responsibility to not let this situation control us any longer.

No matter what has happened in your past, no matter how horrible or how out of your control it may have been, you will ALWAYS have a choice as to how to react. In fact your reaction is your responsibility. Nobody else can "make" you do something. By saying this you are giving that person or situation control over your life.

Don’t ever let yourself say, “I can’t help it because ________ happened to me.” Take responsibility for your life from this point forward and ask God to help you get past this thing that is holding you in bondage. Ask Him to change your heart, thoughts and attitudes which will lead to a change in your actions. Choose a life of promise over a life of bondage to your past.

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