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I believe that everyone has a story. Most people are shaped by a painful past. We are stronger now because of the struggles we have gone through. Take I for instance, I like sharing my story with young girls in High school, because of the bad choices I made during that season of my life. I pray for teenagers around me all the time, because for me, that was a critical stage. But I chose not to be seventeen thirteen years later. It is in the past, I draw lessons from it but I am not defined by it. What do I mean? When I introduce myself as ‘the girl who go pregnant at seventeen, it draws a lot of attention, the attention feels good at times. My ratings escalade: But that is no longer who I am. It’s part of my story but not my identity. I am not the girl who made mistakes, the girl who could not wait. No I am new creation now. I am stronger and wiser.
First, I am born again, cleansed by the blood of the lamb, daily striving to fight the good fight of faith. Then I am a wife and mother, if you need more information about me, I will tell you that I am a media personality, producer and host of 50 years of marriage; a YouTube show. That is my present. That is my identity: Most of the time it does not bring so much attention. It might not draw crowds to me, but it always draws someone closer to God. Daily I pray that God will open my eyes to find my identity in Him. Knowing that I am His child and my future is in his hands. My career and roles keep changing, but God does not change, that is why I first identify myself as His.
I was once told that in heaven there will be no thieves, no prostitutes and no gossipers, because God does not call us who we used to be, but who we are in Him. So who are you? Are you stuck in the past? Do you enjoy the attention that comes with your past experiences so much that you are not aware of who you are now? The past is gone. Don’t let yourself get trapped in the ‘glory’ that comes your way when you are known as the lady who used to sleep around, the man who used to rob banks, the wife who beat up her husband, the man who used to drink a whole crate of beer. Those titles will get you likes and followers; you would want to remain there to be more popular. But someone else will always show up with a more dramatic story and experience and your rates will go down. So, who are you?
When we let the past define us, it causes confusion. We tend not to see the new things God is doing in our lives. We tend not to grow. We are made up of our past, but we should not be defined by it. You used to be, but who are you now? Draw lessons from the past but don’t dwell there.
Isaiah 43:18=19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”