I loved this picture when I saw it. I thought it was perfect way to illustrate what I wanted to say in today’s post. Our futures, which are bright and full of color are ahead of us…yet some of us are still checking our side mirrors to get a glimpse of where we left. Inside some still find themselves comfortable in their past. Holding on to the feeling of acceptance and being “apart of something”–whether it was good or bad for them…they were comfortable, they knew what to expect, their “friends” were supportive, the world seemed to line up with their every desire. Some people find themselves more at peace in a place in time where they felt in control. Our past is exactly that…our past. We experienced situations and people that many of us would like to forget-which most of us do. But there are some of us that have proclaimed to have moved on from our past and yet we still flirt with it. Still hang out/chat with old friends, still hang out/visit old places, we haven’t really changed the way we walk, talk or think; we’ve just changed the way we appear.
When we follow God’s will for our lives and not what the “world” says we should do, not only is our outward appearance changed, but He renews our minds and changes the way we think.
The Bible tells us:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
and my favorite version (The Message) says:
Place Your Life Before God
Every morning when I arrive to work I park on the 4th level of the garage. I’m not sure why, I just do. The only thing about the 4th level are these steep flights of stairs that I have to descend down. Each time I have the greatest fear of tripping and falling and chipping my front tooth LOL! (I know random thoughts, but its true!) I don’t text, I don’t talk on the phone and I keep my head down and focused on each step that I have to take until I reach the bottom. I do this and have these thoughts EVERY time I make my way down these stairs…but it doesn’t stop me from parking on the 4th level.
This morning was a little different. Of course my minded needed to take this to another level. I couldn’t help but wonder what would I do if I did chip my tooth and tumble like a klutz. I would be devastated at first and quickly hide from the shame and embarrassment of what just happened to me. Then I would replay it over and over in my head (on my way to the dentist ;)); “why didn’t I park on the first level?” “how did I miss the stair?” “I hope no one saw me.” But once my tooth was fixed and all wounds were healed, would I park on the 4th level again…or would I decide that the risk was far to great?
I realized then that people do not put much thought in the action of parking on the 4th level. We start at the top and never think about the tumble we take when we do not approach steep, difficult situations with caution and care. No one wants to start from the bottom and work their way up. Some of us are still nursing a tooth from the fall we took when we made “mistakes”. Some are still paying for their chipped tooth, some are living with their chipped tooth, some are dating or married to their chipped tooth, while there are some that stare at their tooth and are reminded about their fall everyday; without ever wanting to visit a “dentist” to get it fixed.
So Peaches what are you saying?! Stop staring at your chipped tooth, get it fixed and move on! Nursing your mistakes are doing nothing but offering a horrible movie placed on repeat in your mind. Mistakes simply teach us to take better caution next time were faced with decision making and our senses are also enhanced to better recognize similar instances and situations. Fixing your tooth might require some alone time, a vacation, a great sale at the mall ;), might involve finding a counselor, writing letters or writing in a journal, praying and seeking God, revisiting where you “fell” and seeking closure…whatever “dentist” you need to visit, make your appointment today and get it taken care of.
Leaving a hole in your mouth leaves you open to bacteria and could lead to you becoming sick. This is the same as with you life. If there is something your missing, a void not being filled, and emptiness, you leave your mind, body and spirit open to the enemy who “…prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) I challenge you to seek healing today. Bring the chapter of your past to a close and begin to write the future!
So to answer the question burning in all of your minds….I will continue to park on the 4th level LOL…I will just take the elevator! No I’m kidding LOL!
Have a fantastic day…Peaches loves you…but Jesus loves you more!
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE
So JP and I decided to hop in a car and drive to Mississippi and Georgia to spend time with family and friends. It was our first road trip ever and it was definitely a memorable one! We reconciled with family we never met, family and friends we haven’t seen in a LOOOONG time, my cousin became engaged, baby cousins are now toddlers….and lots of food!
We learned about the value of being surrounded by friends and family and exploring our past. Knowing who and where we came from and what sacrifices were made for us inspired us to come home and strive harder to be better. We learned that entrepreneurship, the passion to help people, artistic minds, creative hands and eyes, strong will and determination flowed throughout our blood lines. Knowing where you come from could help to direct where your going 😉 I encourage you to ask questions and discover those that came before you.
Take a look at some photos we took in Atlanta!
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE
I wanted this picture ^ for the neck brace…but the WHOLE picture made me laugh…so I figured I’d use the picture to make you smile lol! Okay…on to business! Check out what Edna Ferber has to say about looking back…
Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.
…and wondering what could’ve, should’ve, would’ve been and embrace today with an I can, I shall and I will.