Look to the future

One of the most beautiful gifts we have in life lies in our liberty to decide to look to the future and forget the pain of the past. I believe that this freedom is the sincere heart cry of literally millions of people throughout the earth. Whether it’s a past failure or mistake, the experience of an abuse, a relationship gone wrong, a false accusation or a painful childhood memory, the heart of man longs to be free from the entanglement of what hasn’t gone right and know that it’s ok to look to the future. Well I have some good news for you…God is far more concerned about your future than He is about your past. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

As I learn about the lives of achievers and ‘successful’ men and women, history illustrates a common trait. Most have used their pain and regrets as stepping stones to serve their future. Take Joyce Meyer as an example. She was sexually abused by her own family members but now her story of how God healed her pain acts as a source of encouragement to thousands. The irony of life is that while one side of the coin tried to tell them, ‘Look give it up, you’re a mess and you make too many mistakes. You can’t succeed.’ The other side of the coin uttered ‘Have you considered the possibilities and what it will mean when things do work out?’ God is constantly trying to remind us that He has our future in mind. “Day unto day utters speech” Psalm 19:2 Every 24 hours He gives us a new day. Every 365 days He gives us a new year (with a bonus day thrown in every 4 years!). Today it seems quite common to hear people dissatisfied with the way things have gone in the last 5, 10 or even 50 years of their life. But why not look at it this way - What are the possibilities when things go well for the next 5, 10 or 50 years of your life? Just taking a different perspective can shine a whole new light on our futures.

We’re just coming out of the festive Easter season, and this is an ideal time to ponder on what God has done for us in provision for our future. Above all of the festivities, Easter is a reminder that Jesus Christ died in our place, took our sins to the grave and then rose again that we might have eternal life. But God’s intention was not only that we should know that we have eternal life, but also that we should know that He’s given us everything we need to move from where we are and to reign as overcomers in today’s challenges. “…much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” Romans 5:17. The gift of righteousness (and we mustn’t forget it’s a gift – it can’t be bought or worked for) means that we are at peace with God because of the blood of Jesus Christ and the abundance of grace means that God will always enable us to achieve His will. If we can truly grasp this then we will realise that God has already given us everything that we will ever need to get to where He wants us to be. The fact that you’re reading this means that already God has given you the ability to study and learn about life. If you can speak, then you can pray to God and speak life into your days. If you can hear then you can receive motivation and encouragement from wise and experienced counsel. And if you can walk, then you can go to an environment that inspires you. You already have enough to take you to the next level of your life. You only need to begin to use it.

His grace is sufficient.

God bless and protect
Chidi

www.thetotalman.com

Quote of the week:
“The future works out great men's destinies; the present is enough for common souls, who, never looking forward, are indeed Mere clay wherein the footprints of their age are petrified forever.” - James Russell Lowell

 

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