Life is defined by a series of choices. We make our lives happen with every decision we make. The moment we wake up, we start making choices about how our day is gonna be. “5 more minutes.” “I need to do my laundry today.” “I wonder how my aunt is doing, I should send her a text.” You get the idea. I like to call this forward-thinking.
But we are not limited to thinking and making choices ahead of time. Often, we dwell in the past. We replay events from our memory. We do this to relive the right moments, or the pain, or to figure out what went wrong. There is much to be said on why we do what we do, but the point I’m trying to make is that we choose to think these thoughts. And more often than not, it traps us in the world of if only where nothing can ever change.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
The truth is, many people live and die haunted by their past. Many also live for a future that hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been both, captive by time long gone, and time further ahead. As a result, I lost sight of now and who I am. Living depressed by the unchangeable past, or worried about the unforeseeable future leaves no space to experience the realness of the present. It robs us of the gift called here and now.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Matthew 6:25 NIV
It’s for this reason that I chose to quit yapping about the past, no matter how cruel it was. I decided to take it slow and not rush ahead of my time. Living a life of joy, by choice, as I unravel the purpose of thriving daily with the light of God’s Word. I invite you to this journey of living life unbound by the snares of the past or the anxieties of the future, full life of freedom taken one day at a time.