“I cannot do anything to help anyone anymore. I am worthless.” You will hear some version of this complaint from old people. With failing health, limited mobility, and inability to do things that that they used to value highly.
“The things that happened to me have ruined me forever.” Abuse, financial or natural disaster, divorce, or any number of other things can lead to this attitude.
“But my past has ruined my future.” Broken relationships, addictions, and horrible choices all contribute to this feeling of hopelessness.
Living in the past, bound by the past, shackled by the past. Hopeless and helpless. But followers of Jesus do not have to live in the past. Here is why…
1. Jesus has forgiven our past. Our guilt and shame has been taken away. God says our sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west. We have story after story of healed relationships, new lives, and healing. As a Christian, your future is not defined by your past.
2. God is more powerful than anyone in your past. God gives new life through Jesus. Your identity is formed by Jesus and not by those who hurt you in the past.
4. The future will always look better than our past. Someday this world will cease to exist. Christians will be in the presence of God forever. Nothing in your past is better than that.
If you want to quit living in the past, have new life now, and a better future than you ever imagined… Jesus is for you. Let’s talk about it. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our website at www.hopeforlife.org.