By Baruch Okpulor
When I think of scars, I remember noble men and women like David Watson, W. Mitchell, Pat seed, fanny Crosby, Horatio Gates, John Newton and my dad, Silas.
These men would not have continued meaningfully to life if they had dwelt on their past.
When David Watson was diagnosed of cancer and was told he had a year more on earth, he felt it right to plunge himself into the work of the ministry.
He was far from being inactive, although he was still in pains. W. Mitchell suffered a fatal accident that left him with third degree burns.
My dad, Silas, spent twelve years of his life in pains and became paralyzed few moths before his demise.
What kept them moving?
They monitored their thoughts
Monitoring our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions is necessary if we truly want to free ourselves of bitterness and from our painful past.
The person you are today is a direct result of your thoughts and actions yesterday and who you will be tomorrow depends on what you think and do today.
Will you, tomorrow, be loving and productive, or will you be locked up in an emotional prison?
They chose the Best Way to Act or React
In every situation, God has redeemed you with the power to choose how you will act or react. So, choose the action and reaction that will lead to a sustainable peace of mind.
Look ahead to the probable repercussion of your actions or attitudes. Will you feel comfortable later with what you are saying and doing now?
They forgave themselves
I have learned that love is not just a relationship with another individual; it’s a state of being. It begins with love for self. God had not put people on earth for the sole purpose of making you happy.
You’re created to make yourself happy. The people who live fulfilled, happy lives are those who have learned how to forgive themselves when they make mistakes.
They let God In
When you “let out” anger, bitterness, self pity and self persecution, you let God in.
When you do, you let Him take the lead. He’ll help us to remember the loving thoughts and things we gave in the past and the loving thoughts and acts that were given to us. And He’ll help us forget all the rest.
They pressed and pushed forward
Paul, the apostle reminds us, “Brethren I do not count myself to have apprehended but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14).
Why don’t you be happy with today’s new mercies than yesterday’s old woes? You may not understand the reasons for the heartbreaks of yesterday, but you can make the right responses to enjoy the blessings of tomorrow.
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