By Brook Ault
Embracing the Future
This past year has consisted of several big changes, crazy new adjustments, and exciting new beginnings. Moving away from home and starting a new life for myself at college was an incredible growing experience. Packing up all my stuff, saying goodbye to my family, and living five hours away in a dorm room with a complete stranger wasn’t exactly easy. Despite my eagerness and excitement to embrace new opportunities and invest in new friendships, saying goodbye to the familiar environment I had grown so comfortable with was rough. With freshmen year coming to an end, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my high school experiences. It’s easy to find myself thinking back to different memories I had or mistakes that I made. I often find myself grimacing at the ways I treated people or the things I’ve done in my past. It can also be incredibly easy to get the urge to crawl right back to my old friendships, relationships, and comfort zones. While I did experience some meaningful relationships and did learn from a lot of my high school experiences, confining myself in these relationships just isn’t healthy. God has been showing me what can happen when I ditch unhealthy relationships, learn from the past, and embrace the future.
Beating ourselves up or even feeling sorry for ourselves because of the things we’ve experienced in the past will only hinder our future. Don’t take me the wrong way, I’m not suggesting that you ditch your past relationships and constantly be on the look out for new friends and shallow relationships. What I am suggesting is that you not allow your past to hold you back. Ask God to reveal what relationships are beneficial to your spiritual growth and what relationships and hindering the plans he has for you. God puts us where we are and opens new doors for ourselves for many reasons. He wants us to learn from our past experiences, apply the lessons we’ve learned, and embrace the new opportunities and relationships he has in store for us.
Matthew 25:41 says, “The next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.” This verse has given me so much peace and wisdom and I hope that it will resonate with you if your struggling with remorse from your past. This week, if you’re struggling with regret or guilt, remember the amazing future God has in store for you and find peace, knowing that Christ is preparing an amazing future for you.