Thursday, April 23, 2015

Morning Musing Over Coffee - Holding On to the Past?

credit: Michelle Meiklejohn

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms to full to embrace the present. 
~ Jan Glidewell

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
Hebrews 11:1-2

Faith . . .is the assurance of what we do not see. 

If I'm trying to hold onto the past, how much faith do I have?  

Everyone of the great men and women of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 had a past they could have clung too. They could have raged, mourned, cried and fallen into despair and depression. And I'm sure they each had their moments when they struggled with one, many, or even all of these things. But they chose not to live there! They remembered Whose they were and by faith, looking ahead toward what they did not yet see, chose to move ahead with God. And, in so doing, they became part of a great story, a plan for humankind that went far beyond anything they could have dreamed or imagined based on anything they had seen in their past. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

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  1. I will have to say I've struggled over letting go of the past. But through Christ Jesus all things are possible. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Still Saturday.

  2. Such an important topic... the past can linger long in our minds and emotions... but we need to be careful to let go of the bad things back there and only keep the good ones. :)