At the end of 2012, I wrote an article titled “12 Things To Leave Behind in 2012.” Well, in a few hours, the year of 2013 will be history and 2014 will appear with all the newness and hope that the start of a new year brings. With all its turmoil, suffering, war, and loss, 2013 still offered a glimmer of hope for some and became a source of courage for many others. With that said, I want to add one more thing to this list that we all should leave behind in 2013.
13. Leave the past in the past. Someone said very wisely, that sometimes we often crucify ourselves between two crosses, regret of the past and worry about the future. If you physically leave the past, but you are mentally and emotionally still living in the past, you have already set yourself up for a mediocre present and an almost non-existent future. The point of having a past is not to live there. The point is to learn from the past so you can purposefully live in the present and prepare for a great future. 2013 is behind all of us. It no longer exists. You do not have permission to live in that house. Don’t carry the baggage, the drama, the confusion, the trouble with you. Leave it at the door of 2013. Turn around. Face forward. Enter the new door of 2014. Behind this door lies possibilities, hope, abundance, and a wonderful life worth living. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” This is what your future looks like — it is bright and overflowing with God-ordained purpose and hope. God has you covered. Trust Him to take you to amazing places you never imagined you would go in 2014. Read more…