Saturday, October 24, 2015

Where to Put the Past?

We all have a past. The good parts that we want to remember. The bad and ugly parts that we'd like to forget. The choice we each have to make is how we will allow our past to shape us into who we are today. And how will the past affect our choices for the future?

Our past can strengthen us, mature us, transform us. Or it can weaken us, cripple us, confine us.

These two clips from The Lion King suggest two opposing responses to the past:


Put your behind in the past" or "Put the past behind you.” Choose not to think about the bad that happened. Just start again."When the world turns it's back on you, you turn your back on the world." Hakuna Matada. No Worries. Enjoy the easy outcast life of Pumba and Timon.


You can either run from it or learn from it.” This advice from Rafiki motivated Simba to grow in maturity, to return to the Pride Lands and claim his rightful throne from his uncle Scar. To step up and into his role as king, becoming all that he had been created to be. He courageously decided to face his painful past, willing to publicly confess that he had killed his father. Leaving behind his No Worries life, where he had been hiding from his true self and the responsibility entrusted to him, Simba boldly confronted Scar and discovered that the guilt of killing Mufasa was not his after all but his uncle's.

He was finally set free from the past that had defined him and imprisoned him.




I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” (Carl Jung)

What are we running from? What makes us want to hide?

How can we boldly face the pain and guilt from our past and learn the lessons God has for us there?

To wait on God is to see our past, especially the sins and failures of our past, as merely footprints.
It says, 'This is where I was,' never 'This is where I'm stuck.'

To wait on God is to see our present, also, as a footprint.
It says, 'This is where I am now,' never 'This is where I must stay.'

God starts with us where we are, in order to take us to the place we need to be.”
(Waiting: Finding Hope When God Seems Silent by Ben Patterson)

If you hide your sins, you will not succeed. If you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

Don't be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you...
I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, 'Don't be afraid. I will help you.'”
(Isaiah 41:10)

With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.”
 (Ephesians 3:20)

Let's find healing and redemption in the bad and ugly parts of our stories and allow the past to propel us forward. So that we can embrace all of who we are and become all who God made us to be.

(Linking up at Velvet Ashes this week on the theme of "Past")






2 comments:

  1. "Let's find healing and redemption in the bad and ugly parts of our stories and allow the past to propel us forward. So that we can embrace all of who we are and become all who God made us to be."

    Good thoughts, Jodie, thanks for your post!

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  2. Thanks Michelle! I really enjoyed your poem on the Past as well. Blessings to you and your family.

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