This is the house in New Orleans that I grew up in. The picture was taken after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the neighborhood and it was later bulldozed. The house doesn’t exist anymore, but in my mind I can still see every room. Even though the house is gone, it still lives in my memory if I choose to think about it.
Many people are haunted by things they’ve done in their past. Perhaps you've done some things that you are ashamed of. We all have. It’s those haunting memories that become the baggage from the past we are carrying today. But we don’t have to stay chained to our past.
When you accepted Christ into your life, the old house of your past was destroyed and doesn’t exist anymore. He has replaced your old life with a new life and has good plans for your future. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”(2 Cor. 5:17).
Now that your past has been dealt with, you don’t need to “go there” in your mind anymore. Rather than thinking about bad memories of the past, “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). Jesus has given you a new start and a reason to live. You might not have started well but you can finish your life well. Make a decision to forget the past and press forward to what God has called you to do. (Phil. 3:13-14). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net
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