Facing Fears-Focusing Forward-Part 4 of 9

This post was originally intended for Sunday, Nov. 25th, as Part 4 of 9 Sunday posts on the topic of Facing Fears-Focusing Forward toward 2013.

Brief recap:

* Sunday, 11/4: I reflected on fears that I have faced this year and mentioned that a certain devotional reading had prompted that reflection.

* Sunday, 11/11: I shared the devotional thought, written by author Max Lucado, regarding the connection between worry and fear.

* Sunday, 11/18: I shared how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.

For Sunday, 11/25, I wanted to next address how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward. Anyone who has watched the Disney movie, Lion King, probably recalls the line Pumbaa misspoke about “putting your behind in the past.” While a little twisted and comical as spoken in the animated movie, it nevertheless has some valuable truth to it.

Unless we are able to leave our past failures behind us, or if we insist on dragging them with us, we can never really be successful in our present life or our future. Once again, I’d like to share some wisdom from Joyce Meyer:

A lot of people let the past dictate their future. Don’t do that! Get past your past. We all have a past, but we also all have a future.

Don’t let your past failures leave you hopeless about your future success. Your future has no room in it for the failures of the past…just because you have failed at some things does not make you a failure.

You have to let go in order to go on!

–Joyce Meyer in New Day New You  [Day Oct. 26]

What do you think of this idea? Do you find it difficult to let go of past failures, even though you could have more success in your present life?

 

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