So many times our life doesn’t go the way we hope, expect and plan. Disappointments, anxieties, lost dreams… all of these situations help to create our core being. God does not want us to live in the past, but these life experiences that we have endured have helped to mold and shape us into the person that God desires us to be… the person that He can use… the person who will fulfill their purpose for Him.
We should never close our eyes to our past, just like we shouldn’t dwell on our mistakes. We need to take our masks off and be the person that Christ intended. Our past does not define us, it’s our choices each step of the way through our life journey that help us to evolve into the person Christ desires. Our past is full of things that are hurtful, things that we’re embarrassed of and things that we’ve done to others and ourselves. Sometimes we need to stop and look behind us, just to see how far we have come and see the distance that we’ve put between our present and our past. So stop and take notice of how much we have changed and how much growth is visible in us. We need to see ourselves as God sees us… deep down in our core being.
When we are feeling down and doubt starts to creep in, God is whispering for us to come closer to Him… to seek Him with all of our heart, our whole being. His desire is that we find everything we need in Him… relying and trusting in who He is, not in what we think of ourselves. He is our hope and future because we are his children.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1
Father I want to take of my mask and be able to step out in boldness and faith as Daniel did. He has such faith and trust in You that he told King Nebuchadnezzar he would interpret his dream… AND THEN he prayed to You asking for the interpretation. Please give me this same boldness, faith and trust. Help me to know and recognize your voice and not to give into my fears and my “self” thinking, but to realize you have given me the strength through your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord … and help me to only worry and care about what you think about me and not what man thinks.