If I could go back in time, I would just encourage myself. I would show up at certain points of my life where I thought the world was going to end. I would remind myself how important it is to put God first. I would not focus on my appearance, and the things that others had to say about it. I would not shed tears over things that mean nothing to me now. I would allow myself more time to grow, and to be patient in the process. I would be there for myself at times where I felt others weren’t, and I would tell myself over and over that I am loved, I am worthy, I am strong, and that I am free. I would allow myself to seek God and tell myself the good things that were to come, but also about the rough season that would slip in-between those good times. I would give myself a reminder that my bible is always beside me, and within reach. I would emphasize that fear is a lie, and that God always pulls me out of the dark. There’s so many things I would say to my younger self that even now, still apply to me, and different aspects of who I am. Writing a letter to my younger self is also a letter to my current self, and my older self. Though I can’t see the future, my thoughts and emotions try to worry ahead of time for my future self, even in the ‘here and now’. Looking back allows me to say “I’ve gone through this already, and though the times are different, the plan is still the same.” God’s plan doesn’t quit, it doesn’t waiver, and it doesn’t lose track of us. Though we may make decisions that seem like a detour, God’s looking at the bigger picture. Everyday he offers opportunities to trust in him, to be in his presence, and to break free from old things. We can get so caught up in the things of the earth because we live our physical lives here. We are constantly bombarded with lies, and tempted with distractions. Despite this, God always extends a hand. The more we trust Him, the more we SPEND TIME WITH GOD – the more we are reminded of the truth and who God is.
Don’t allow yourself to believe lies, and be constrained with the ways of the world and the distractions that are unavoidable. Be there for yourself, and plan for the future. Speak to God, pray for your future, and seek God now and always so your heart will see that the future is bright and God is always with you. If you focus on your past, you can’t move ahead. If you allow yourself to trust God and allow him to remove those thorns of the past that stick out and throb, — you can build up your faith, and not have to worry or be constrained by your past. You will live in freedom.
Verses to meditate on:
PSALM 18:23 (AMP)
“I was upright before Him and blameless with Him, ever [on guard] to keep myself free from my sin and guilt.”
DEUTERONOMY 31:6 (ESV)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave or forsake you.”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 (ESV)
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”