Don’t look to the past

There was a girl that I thought was really cute in grade school and she rode the same bus as me. She hung out with a different crowd of people than myself so we really had not much interaction with each other. One day I ran off the bus as I usually do to get away from school as fast as I could and as usual she would follow behind but she would be on the other side of the street walking towards her house. She surprised me one day by saying,” Hi Matthew!” I whipped my head backwards to say something back to her when I ran face first into a stop sign! She let out a little giggle and let me tell you I felt as small as an ant. We never had a chance to have a conversation after that due to my overwhelming embarrassment. This incident reminds me to not look into the past or the future but to live in the moment with God. When we ask God to forgive us he blots out our sin and forgives us. He won’t go looking into the past and say,” remember when you did this,” throwing it back in our face. He literally forgives and forgets wiping our slate clean so long as we have asked for forgiveness and are on the road to repentance. Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, and he who blocks out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isn’t that amazing that you have a clean slate today all you have to do is ask for forgiveness and be willing to repent and God will blot it out and never bring it back up again. So whatever your worries are today don’t look behind you the past is the past present is a gift from God. I challenge you to live in the present today we can’t worry about tomorrow or change what happened in the past. Matthew 6:34 therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. If you accept this challenge today then please join me in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for yet another beautiful day and the opportunity to go out and do your will. Help us to stay in the present today Lord not looking to the past at a regrets or worrying about what’s going to happen to us in the future we can’t change any of it and need to stay in the moment. Help lead us and guide us anyway you see fit Lord and we lay all of our worries stresses and fears at your feet to have a clean slate to go out and help others. In Jesus precious name amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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