We're so accustomed to dragging around those things happened, things that we regret from our past, but they don't serve a purpose in our lives today except to hold us back. They draw life from us. There is nothing today that we can do to change what happened, except to make today better, to choose to let go and live in the present, to follow God's life-giving ways instead of hanging on to the ways of death.
We grow so comfortable with the chains that hold us captive that we forget that God has already loosed them from our necks and set us free.
Step by step, link by link, let go. Pray for God to gently take it from you and replace it with life. Choose to grow from it instead of being held down, and resolve to move forward, perhaps you could even help someone else who is struggling with their past.
Change my heart, O God. Take from me the past that holds me back, holds me down and set me free.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)