Would you change your past?

by matt on February 10, 2010

This past Sunday our Pastor posed this question to the congregation.

“How many of you would want to go back in time and correct mistakes you have made in your life?  Would you do things differently?”

Hands went up all over the room.  I almost put my own hand up as I thought about past events in my life that would have been nice had they not happened.  I’m sure we have all had moments we would like to forget.  But as I started to think about this question a bit more and turn it over in my mind I realized that I wouldn’t want to change a single thing.

Experience Builds Character

I’m happy with who I am and where I am going.  Sure there were plenty of events in my life that were difficult, challenging, painful and downright stressful.  But what I also realize is that all of those events are what allowed me to grow as an individual.  I am who I am today because of my past.  Everything that has happened to me, both the good and the bad, have led me to who I am today.  How different would I be today had I not been tried and tested?

Of course at the time of my trials and tribulations I was wishing them to go away quickly, but I think that it’s not until time has passed that we can look back and realize how helpful struggles can be. 

English playwright and poet John Heywood said: “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”

We learn best by our mistakes and I for one have made plenty of them.  Think back to what you consider to be some of your biggest mistakes.  What did you learn from them?  How are you using that experience today?  Are you a better person because of it?

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger

Today when I am going through a tough spot I try to look at the circumstances as an opportunity rather than a curse.  It’s an opportunity to grow emotionally and spiritually.  It may be an opportunity to enhance another person’s life.  It may be an opportunity to make a difference.  The old saying is “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” and I believe that to be true.  It is our life experiences as a whole that make us who we are.  Today is no time to dwell on the past and what could have been.  It is what it is.  It happened the way it did for a reason.  It made you who you are today.

“One day at a time–this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.” – Ida Scott Taylor

Keep moving forward to great things!

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