Friday, Jul. 20, 2012
Pastors Column: A brighter future
By Ed Ram
In our last discussion we made reference of Proverbs 23:7 ... "for as a man thinks in his heart so is he."
Think about that for a minute.
The way we think is the way we are and continue to become. I know many of us want to blame people, places or things for the way we are but regardless of what we've been through, by the power of choice, we can change our future by changing our perception and begin to believe for the best.
I know a man who said to me during one of our discussions, "but you don't understand, Pastor Ram. It was difficult for me growing up as a child. We didn't have much and there was a lot of dysfunction in my family." My heart went out to him because it was obvious what he had gone through was still weighing heavy on his heart. Many of us have experienced difficult times in our life and there's nothing we can do about it because it happened so long ago. I heard someone say this some time ago: "It's up to you if you're going to allow your unpleasant experiences to be a tombstone or a steppingstone in your life."
In other words, it's up to us to determine if what we've gone through will make us better or bitter. Regardless of who we are there's no way to change the past. On the other hand, we can create a better future, not only for ourselves, but for our children and or grandchildren. Notice what the Apostle Paul said in spite of all of what he went through in Philippians 3:13-14. "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead." And 14, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
As I read these verses of scripture I noticed several key points are given.
Paul says "one thing I do" which implies making a decision right now for your life to become better. You see, if we don't make a choice right now to believe for our life to become better it never will. In many cases we're not responsible for what we may have gone through but now we can assume responsibility for our life right and plan for a better future.
The next point we see is Paul says, "forgetting those things which are behind" which also implies, letting go of your past mistake, failures and experiences. I heard someone say one time, "let go and let God."
How true that is. We all want the better life, but are we willing to let go of the old? If our hands are filled with the pain, bitterness and unforgivness of our past experiences, how can we expect the Lord to fill our hands or our lives with good things?
If we continue to hold on to the unpleasant things of the past, eventually they will weigh us down with anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgivness. I thank God no matter who we are or what we've been through, He is always willing to forgive us if we call out to Him.
I pray every person who reads this article experiences the love, healing and forgiveness of our loving heavenly Father. I encourage you to give to God whatever may be weighing heaving on your heart today. I invite you to come and visit with us at Praise Fellowship International Church. We are located at 615 E. street and our services are on Sunday 10 a.m. and Wednesday 7 p.m. Until next time, may the blessings of the Lord continue to overflow in your life.
Ed Ram is a pastor at Praise Fellowship International Church.