For many (most? all?), our past holds a lot of baggage that can weigh us down if we aren’t careful. One of my God given talents is to be naturally good at forgiving and forgetting, both for myself and others. I honestly can just forget things, especially bad things, and let them go. This “talent" really helps in the not-letting-the-past-haunt-you department, but not so much in the lessons-learned department.
You might think this is a good thing, but because I don’t typically have to work through processing those thoughts and feelings, when huge things happen that have to be handled and processed, I really don’t know what to do. I don’t handle. I don’t process. I ignore.
I am fine until it slaps me in the face again. Then I am fine for a few more weeks or months. Then another slap.
This is obviously a cycle that I need to work through, particularly because our past is forgiven. I shouldn’t be letting my past impact my current life. Instead I should be letting my past show off just how amazing God’s grace is. I should be using my past to teach others. I should be using my past to prove how HUGE Jesus’s love is for me.
And for you.
Here is an example prayer about my past.
(P): God, you never cease to amaze me. Thanks you so much for your grace and for showing me how huge your love can be.
(R): Please forgive me for living in the past, for letting the enemy use it to get to me. It is just so fresh and close and he knows just how to push my buttons with anxiety, fear, and worry.
(A): God, help me to block that noise and instead seek your still small reassuring voice as guidance. Reassure me that your grace is sufficient. Help me embrace the truth.
(Y): Remind me that anyone in Christ is a new creature. The old things have passed away. Make them go away and flee. Bring new things to come.*
*2 Cor. 5:17