Sunday, July 01, 2007

A Cancelled Check

I've been thinking alot about the past lately.I'm not really sure why.Maybe it's a middle age thing.Maybe not.Maybe it's me trying to make sense of some of the things that have gone on in my past.Maybe not.Or maybe,just maybe,it is God trying to show me that the past is just that,the past.And maybe He's trying to gently remind me that we can spend too much time in the past.Trying to figure things out.Trying to re connect with a part of us that, though gone,may still,in some ways affect us today.My former pastor,from my youth,used to say this about the past(and life in general"yesterday is a cancelled check,tomorrow is a promissory note,today is ready cash spend it wisely."I cannot fix my past,either things done to me or by me.It is past.Things that happened then are not to be focused on now.Unless it is to help me make better choices now.To propel me forward.Sadly enough,my focus on the past lately served little purpose that I can see.If anything it robbed me of a sense of a better tomorrow.Will Rogers said"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."That's exactly what I had been doing.I had been letting thoughts of the past rob me of too much of today.It was,in a sense,sucking the life right out of my spirit.It was crushing my creativity.I'm thankful to Jesus for revealing that to me.I want to continue to move forward.To pursue His destiny and calling for my life.But too much time spent mentally in the past was ruining that.Making it null and void like a proverbial cancelled check.And all the while the Lord was whispering"Forget the former things;do not dwell on the past.See,I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up;do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."(Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV).So,Lord willing(and He is :-))I am going to make peace with my past completely and continue to move forward in what He is doing.I do not want to live my life like a cancelled check.How about you?
Blessings~Sharon

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

Sharon, my former pastor would say, "We call the past 'the past' because it's past."
Blessings,
Suzanne
P.S. I love color and really good worship too.

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Powerful images here, Sharon: checks, promissory notes, ready cash of today. I will remember this. And invest wisely.
Warmly,
Ann

Sharon said...

Suzanne~
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for sharing your thoughts.It is so very easy to sometimes get focused on the past,at least for me.Good reminder that your pastor shared.I am so glad that God created such lovely colors.Our little town here is alive and pulsating with summer color!No wonder we praise and worship Him in song!How did you find me?
Blessings~Sharon :0)

Sharon said...

Ann!:-)
Good to see you again.Yes,I thought they were powerful images too.Which is why I remember them almost 30 years later.:-)Have a blessed day,Ann.Have you received any rain yet?
Love~Sharon

Suzanne said...

Sharon,
I'm a newbie to the whole blogging thing. Just finished setting up my own blog. I wanted to learn about "comments" so I went to a blog (don't know which one...maybe windscraps), clicked on a "comment" link and decided to click the name of a person who had left a comment. It was you. I'm glad I did. :)
Grace and Peace,
Suzanne

Sharon said...

I plan on checking out your blog as soon as I am done typing this.Smile.Your words are kind.Thank you.I'm glad you found me.:-)Grace and Peace to you and yours.
Blessings~Sharon :-)