A New Past
It is a safety mandate by our government, that the following warning must be engraved and visible on all passenger side rear view mirrors on vehicles:
“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
If you have ever had a close call when passing someone, or perhaps backing up your car, you are well aware that objects which you see in that right side mirror are indeed closer than they look.
Our pasts are like those objects we see in the passenger side mirrors. They are closer than they appear. Many have had addiction issues or behavioral problems. Many have successfully overcome those issues. And yet many have relapsed or fallen back into their old ways. Their pasts seem never to be far behind. Their pasts are closer than they seem, even though so many work so mightily to put those pasts behind them. You see, through many means available we are only given the choices to build new pasts for ourselves. We are not given new pasts. We must work to build those.
Many Christians arise from horrifically broken lives. Some pasts are hardly spoken about, they were so awful. The folks who rose above those pasts had to work hard to build their new pasts. They made the choices necessary to do so. They were able to do so because all of us Christians are new creations, effective when we accept Christ.
One of the warmest and fuzziest benefits of building that new past for me has been when, through testimony or perhaps simply conversation I have shared some of the ugly parts of my past and someone says out of love “it is so hard to imagine you doing that, or being that, etc.” That is why testimonies are such an important part of our efforts at discipleship.
“When we share our pasts, while living our present,
people notice and ask questions which leads to our
opportunity to share the gospel.”
WARNING: Our pasts are closer than they appear…. just like those objects in the rear-view mirror. Satan is very aware of just how close they are, and he will use that closeness to aid in our fall. We MUST be aware and vigilant of that as we continue to build our new pasts.