I keep coming across various social media posts with the hashtag #Journey ... it's like we're all in this place where we're trying to get to somewhere else ... somewhere better.
In my life, I have often been scolded for looking backwards because the ideal thing, so I've been told, is to only look forward. Leave the past in the past. Remove your rearview mirror. It sounds nice. It seems the best thing to do because we cannot change the past, but when I think about it, no one can ever really move forward until the past takes place. We can't expect to succeed unless we've failed. We can't expect to grow unless we know what it's like to be stuck.
You see, each of our stories, as valuable, precious and vulnerable as they may be, have all taken place in the past and to ignore the past because it might not look pretty, pristine or presentable is only, truly, a detriment to our future and the future of others. We go through what we go through and we live through what we live through because God's plans are bigger than us and because He isn't finished with us.
Our past tells a story, not just for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others. It's a beautiful reminder of where we've been, where we're headed and that there is hope for everyone and encouragement for anyone. Our stories and our pasts can be a guiding light if we allow them to be!
So today, I am so pleased to introduce you all to Emily Jones. She and I met through a mutual friend and we got to talking and sharing about Jesus and His love. Emily's story of faith was so encouraging and inspiring to me, I asked her to share with all of you and I'm so thankful that she agreed! You can read Emily's story here and as you do, think on your own story. I challenge you to find ways to share it with someone this week in efforts to encourage them, celebrate your own journey and give thankfulness for what God has done and is doing in your life!
"For I would not dare say anything except what Christ has accomplished through me by word and deed ..."
Your past has purpose and your future is promised! Don't be ashamed or intimidated by either one!