If you have lived life at all, you’ve probably been hurt a time or two or three. Maybe you’re walking through forgiveness right now or maybe you forgave a long time ago.
I showed a bit of reserve with my business recently and as I was speaking to my husband about it, he quickly instructed me to let go of the past. The thing is, I didn’t think I was hanging onto the past. I’ve forgiven everyone involved (although as a human being, I’ll admit I’d rather not see them again) and I rarely think about my past business dealings unless asked about them.
Instructing me to “let go of the past” irritated me to say the least. But, I thought about it…
It didn’t take long before I began to realize those past dealings were inhibiting my business dealings today. I’ve made a few more mistakes than normal this year and I have resisted moving forward in some areas. Why? Well, because the past has made me a bit gun shy.
Honestly, I had not thought about it long enough to realize it. But, my past dealings got into my head and somehow made their way to my spirit. They dampened me a bit, made me nervous to move, a little too cautious. You know what kills an entrepreneur? Caution.
Successful entrepreneurs obviously exercise wisdom but they roll the dice more often than others, they make moves other people might not make and eventually one or two pay off. I’ve lived in that role for a long time but over the last few years, I have hesitated a bit.
Some would say that’s being safe or sensible but it’s not…it’s cowardly.
I have spent the last few weeks thinking about this and while walking the other day, God brought Deuteronomy 1:6 to my heart.
“The Lord said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.'”
In other words, move on.
If you’re dwelling on the past, stop. If it’s consuming you, fight it with the Word of God. If you are letting the past dictate your future, let it go and move on.
Easier said than done, I realize that. I’m not an expert at this, I fight it, I deal with it. I find myself talking about past issues at random sometimes even when I don’t realize it.
But, I’ve dwelt on that mountain long enough, it’s time to move on.
The enemy wants nothing more but to steal your future, your purpose, your joy and he can certainly use your past to do it. If your mind is so consumed by what happened to you, you won’t be thinking about what God can do though you.
If you are stuck in the “why me?” mode, you won’t be open to letting God use you to help those behind you dealing with the very same thing.
Move on, you’ve been on this mountain long enough.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com and is the creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast. Sarah is featured daily on GEB TV.