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In life, we get to choose. God created us with the ability to choose — to make choices. In Deuteronomy 30:19b, He said to choose life, that we and our descendants will live. So many of us believe more strongly in our past than in our ability to choose. While we may not have had the ability to control the past events in our lives, we do have the ability to choose how we respond to those events.
The solution to all the problems in our lives lies within us. We can choose to become bitter or resentful of the past, to become a victim of the past, or to become prideful of the things we have accomplished in the past. But it is still our choice. We get to choose how we respond to the past. The past may guide our choices moving forward but it doesn’t make our choices for us. If we make better choices moving forward, we will get different results. We can blame others for what we are or have experienced in our lives, or we can choose to move forward from it. Again, it’s our choice!
It’s always easier to put the responsibility for our actions onto someone else than to accept responsibility for ourselves. We — not anyone else — will be held accountable for our own actions. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies (2 Corinthians 5:10b NLT). Let’s quit making excuses, living in the past, and blaming others, and let’s choose life.
Don’t allow the past to determine your future. Let’s ask God to heal the past hurts so we can move forward to what lies ahead of us. The possibilities are endless for those who believe.
Happy New Year. May 2017 be the greatest year yet.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 2, 2017 @ 8:29 PM MDT
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