YOUR PAST CAN’T DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE.
I always feel aggrieved whenever I hear someone give excuse for bad behaviour by simply saying I had a bad upbringing/past. The truth of the matter is that your bad past can’t determine your future if you don’t allow it. As believers we have the capacity by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to decide what our future will look like. If you had a bad past it can be a motivation for your future or a drawback, it all depends on you.
Every adult is absolutely responsible for the outcome of his/her life. Personally, I was about 2 years old when my dad left and got separated from my mum, so as a child I didn’t really have a father at home to look up to. My mum worked very hard to make sure that we had food on the table; waking up very early in the morning and coming back late at night. I saw how my mum suffered without much help, so I made up my mind that my own marriage was going to be different irrespective of the difficulty faced as a child. I never allowed anything to dampen my enthusiasm for a healthy and prosperous marriage. I got so intoxicated that years before I got married, I used to share with my colleagues at the work that I was going to have a glorious marriage. So while sharing my dream with my colleagues one day, one of them who was married looked at me and said “you don’t know what you are talking about; wait till you get married first”, I smiled and told him I know what I am talking about. By the grace of God, I can boldly say today that I knew what I was talking about. So many people can’t see it that is why they are not experiencing it. No wonder my father in the Lord said that “you can’t participate in a future you can’t see”.
Please don’t allow your past to determine your future; move forward. The following scriptures will be of immense help here;
• 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold all things are become new.
• Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before
• Genesis 13:15 “And the Lord said unto Abram after that Lot was separated from him, lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give and to thy seed for ever