Many times we find ourselves setting goals, dreaming our biggest dreams, only to find we have come to place called stuck. Often, this place is caused by our own actions or way of thinking. One of the main reasons so many people become stuck in life is because they keep looking back to the past. The past can hold such treasures and pleasurable moments, yet it may be filled with hurt, pain, and so many other negative emotions. This is not to say that reflecting on your past is always a bad thing, but dwelling on the past and keeping your mind there and allowing it to hinder you spiritually, emotionally, and physically is not a good thing.
The Lord says in Isaiah 43:18,19: "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you know know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." NKJV. The Lord wants to do a new thing in your life. Do you not know this? He will make a way out of no way. He will cause closed doors to open. He will create new loving relationships in your life. He will cause those dreams you have given up on to come to life. Some things may be too big for you, but there is nothing too big for the Lord.
When you look back on the past, you may see closed doors on romance. Yes, that old relationship was bad. It left you emotionally and maybe physically scarred. The Lord wants to heal you from that old relationship and cause new relationships to flourish. Do you not know it? Looking in your past, you see the dreams you once had and all of the obstacles and fears that caused you to let them die. The Lord can breathe on those dreams and give them life again. Do you not know it? The list of the former things you are holding on to that are stunting your growth may be endless. If you allow Him to, the Lord will do a new thing in your life. You cannot move forward if you keep looking back. Say good bye to the past and leave it in its place.. the past. Stretch forth your arms to embrace the new thing coming your way and look forward to your future.
"Lord, help me release the past and look to the future. You want to do a new thing in my life, but I find myself holding on to the past and not embracing the things you want to do in me, for me, and through me. Help me to close the door on the past, and open the door to the future. Amen."