The Pulse: Something I’ve Been Learning
Bruce Springsteen sang about the “Glory Days,” and even Tennyson could not escape the shadow of love lost (“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.“). We all have powerful positive and negative experiences from the past that sometimes overshadow our present and influence our future. A traumatic season of life can create baggage we carry through every future relationship. Earlier success can create a filter that distorts all future experiences.
But, we can be shaped by our past, not defined by it. I’ve been considering what it looks like to be shaped rather than defined by the past. Here are a few indicators…
I’m defined by my past when I…
I’m shaped by my past as I…
What is it from your past that exerts power in your present? If you have been defined in some way by past events, ask the Lord to use your past to shape rather than define you, then create some simple steps to begin moving in a new direction. Jesus is the one who is making all things new, and He can continue that powerful work in your life.
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries