Your Past, Present, AND Future
Our past may have developed who we are today, but we create our future.
Consider the Past
Many painful things and events have happened to each of us. Often, because of these
events, (e.g., death in the family, divorce, abuse, personal rejection) people are filled with
bitterness, anger, or a sense of revenge because of these experiences. There is nothing
holy about the pain and loss we have all experienced. In fact, some of the pain of people’s
past may have been evil and wicked, but there is hope and healing available to all who will
determine to change and create a new future.
"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 (NKJV)
Q: Do you consider your past mostly beneficial or harmful? Why?
Q: What are some of your successes of your past?
Q: How have/are you dealing with the pain and failures of your past?
Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Often in life, men will try to cover or medicate their hurts and failures. They begin to allow things such as pornography and alcohol to replace the need for healing. Practicing those medications create opportunity for those things to become a permanent part of one’s life. Men become what is practiced.
Q:What medications do you practice in life? Are they treating a past wound or hurt?
"If you are bound to your past, you lose sight of your future." - Mike Bartel
Consider the Present
Q: Who are the people to reach out to, or changes you can make to begin or further any
needed healing of the past?
Q: If we’re constantly living in the past or dwelling on failures, we are not building on who God intends us to be. Who has God intended you to be?
Q: Are you building toward that goal currently? If so, how? If not, what one thing can you do to start?
Consider the Future
If you plan for nothing, you will succeed every time. Your future is yours to create. We all
continually grow and change. Change is not easy and rarely welcomed, but it is necessary.
Take a few moments and identify three dreams you have for your life.