How To Free Yourself From Your Past
Peace will never be found if you let the things you can’t control define your worth. I’m just being real with you guys. Listen, the enemy is out there and he wants to convince you that you are not good enough. He is going to tell you that you outside sources define your worth and if you let them define your worth, you will be convinced that you are not enough. If you let that bank account define you, what happens when the money runs out? If you let your clothes define you, what happens when they are worn down? Recognize that your worth comes from your soul. The Bible says that God set you apart before you were even born. Worth before birth.
I want to give you some helpful tools to remember your self worth, because so often we can get caught up in our worth based on our past. You can’t change the past and everyone has one but you can’t bring meaning to your past by changing your future. Here's what you have to do.
- Make a truce with your past.
You need to understand that your past doesn't define you unless you let it define you. When my time with the NFL was through, I did not want to believe that it was part of my story. I didn’t want to accept that it was the end but when I did, I was finally able to live above my past and make sense of it in my future. It became a stepping stone to the purpose of my life instead of a pitfall. Thank your past for building you, accept it and ask yourself how you can use your past to positively influence your future.
- Make a truce with your pain.
You can’t experience peace in your life if you are still holding on to your pain. If this is a feeling you have about yourself or someone that hurt you in the past- you have to find a way to make peace with that. Don’t let a known pain keep you from an unknown peace. You know I say this all the time but you have to protect your peace. You can’t hold on to grudges or pain and experience peace. Here’s the truth- Innocent people in your life are going to pay for mistakes that people in your past committed. That one hurts but it’s true. Innocent people in your past won’t be trusted because the person who hurt you broke your trust. Your malice and pain will do you no good as you move forward. Make a truce with your pain.
- Make a truce with perfection.
You weren’t born to be perfect, you were born to be real. You were born to progress. Oftentimes that road to progress isn’t the yellow brick road. It’s the road lined with holes and cracks, twists and turns. You were never meant for perfection so why do you hold yourself to that standard? Make a truce with perfection and take a step towards progress.
It all starts with you.