I was recently given one of the most thoughtful gifts that I have ever received. Someone made a calendar for me. It included pictures of me as well as famous quotes on each month. It had all the special days of my year such as my birthday and holidays. I was so excited that I had received this gift. I looked at it daily because there were pictures of me. As I flipped the pages of the calendar I realized that every month was a new ME: a new picture of me, a new quote for me, a new life for me. That is how God works in our lives. Things from our previous months and previous years don’t matter; He simply flips the page to our new beginnings.
“And all the trees will know that it is I, the Lord, who cuts the tall tree down and makes the short tree grow tall. It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives the dead tree new life. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I said!” (Ezekiel 17:24 NLT)
The Lord is always turning the page in our lives. There have been many situations in our lives that we wish that we could simply remove from the calendar. However, we do not have to remove that day because it is now a part of our past. God has already forgiven us for whatever lies in our past.
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” (Ephesians 1:7-8 NLT)
Many times we would like to simply forget things from our past and act as though things never happened. The problem with that is we forget where God has brought us from. We do not have to be ashamed of our past or attempt to erase it because it has already been forgiven. Those experiences that we wish we could turn the page on assist us in becoming the Christians we are. It is a testimony that attests to where we used to be weeks, months, years ago. Walk toward your vision, fulfill your purpose, and reach your destiny. Today is a new day!
I come before You today thanking You for turning the page on my past indiscretions. I pray for strength in order to ask for Your forgiveness from the things I am still holding on to. I need guidance in whatever new endeavors that I am moving towards. Teach me to be an example, based on my previous sins, to show others how far You can bring them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you today to forgive yourself of your past so that you can actively participate in your future. Do not let the things that have happened on previous days creep into today and steal your joy. God has already forgiven us of the things that we continue to carry around. Learn to flip through toward a new YOU!
How have you learned to move past the mistakes of your past to get to the new you that God has ordained? Share your story with us.
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Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license. Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults. She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients. Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”