Moving Beyond Our Painful Memories

memoriesWhen past memories haunt you, how do you let go and focus on the good? Karlton shares.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13)

Whether a blessing or a curse, I have been “gifted” with a memory that can recall events from many years ago as if the events happened yesterday. And I find it is too often that I recall the bad, rather than the good events from my childhood.

I can only imagine how terrible it must be for those with a similar “gift” of excellent memory function regarding childhood if they had endured horrible abuse, or terribly tragic events –and replay them over and over again in their mind as if the events had just occurred.

It is very hard to move forward if we are always looking backward. We can get into a habit of continually reliving the bad times in our lives, playing them over and over as a sort of self-torment. While we not bury the bad experiences of our lives, continually thinking about them can leave us depressed and discouraged.

How do we change our focus from the dark days we have been through? I believe we can change our thinking by injecting our thoughts with hope, and thinking about the good things in our lives today.

Perhaps you were mistreated as a child, or saw someone else mistreated, yet today you have a loving spouse, children you love, friends you love, and who love you also. We can fail to see today’s blessings by always looking over our shoulder at the past.

Maybe today you are haunted by old memories, maybe you are scarred by past events. No one can change what is behind, all we can do is look to Jesus for the strength, peace, hope, and joy for today.

Prayer: Dear Lord, replace our dark yesterdays with happier todays. Lead us through the valley of the shadow into Your glorious light! Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is looking forward with the help of the Author and Finisher of his faith.

Are you haunted by memories of yesterday? Have you asked Jesus to give you hope for tomorrow?

As Karlton shares you can move forward–when God is with you, beside you all the way. Even when it seems impossible to let the past go or forget it, when we surrender it all over to Him–and really give it to Him, He will take it. He wants it. This is what this song is about, “Moving Forward” with Israel Houghton and the lyrics are above making things new, surrendering it over, and moving forward. I hope it bless you. It’s kind of jazzy and I love his voice! -Lisa


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