The story is told in Genesis 19 of the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Sodom & Gomorrah was…..a mess. You name it, it happened there. Eventually, God….got a little upset & decided to destroy it (ALL of it). However, before He set it ablaze, He sent a few angels down because He didn’t want to destroy Lot. The angels made their way to Lot’s house & said (warning, Valencia Version coming soon) “Pssst!!! You need to get out of here. It’s about to go down. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Don’t turn around. Get….out” Lot leaves the city with his family, but he didn’t make it to Zora with all of his family (very unhappy ending). Why? Well….what had happened was….
….Lot’s wife turned around…and became a pillar of salt. Now, a lot of people are quick to judge Lot’s wife. I mean, she had a pretty good deal. Literal God sends came delivered a personal message (Get….OUT), specifically told them not to turn around, pulled them out of the house when Lot lingered (grace), and she turns around…AFTER THEY GET OUT OF THE CITY CURRENTLY BEING DESTROYED. As people reading or hearing the story, we’re typically pretty quick to say “ma’am….why?” However, I’ve learned that some of us have a bit of Lot’s wife in us.
How many times have you missed the beauty of your present moment looking at your past? How many days have you wasted thinking about ‘the good ol days’? How many good people have you pushed away looking back at your ex? How many good things have you missed out on because you compared them to what you used to have? So often, we miss out on what we could have because we get caught in what we did have. We never fully become who God said we could be because we keep defining ourselves by who we used to be.
Your past may be powerful, but what’s to come is more powerful than what’s been. Your past is only better than your present and your future because you’ve thrown your faith backwards. The day that you decide to break away from your history is the day that you step into what we call destiny. The past can only offer you faded pictures of what you have. You can either settle for what you had, or reach forward for what’s waiting on you in your future. You can’t, however, do both. In order to reach forward, you have to stop running from your history & to run towards your destiny. Those are 2 different things. When you run from your history, you’re consistency looking behind you, comparing what you have to what you had. However, when you’re running towards your future, your past isn’t even a factor, because your focus is on what will be, and not on what has been.
You don’t have to prove who you are (or who you will be) to who you used to be. You’ve spent enough time looking back on the good ol days; now, it’s time to create better days. It’s a new year. Tomorrow is a new chance. Actually, you don’t have to start tomorrow; you can start right now. You are a new person. You are not a slave or robot programmed to what you used to be or the things that you used to do. You have been given the power of a decision. Are you going to look back & cause your own immediate destruction? Or are you going to press towards the mark and step into something that’s exceedingly & abundantly above your biggest dreams? I can’t make the decision for you, but I can say that we’ve seen what happens when we turn back. I think it’s time to see what happens when we throw our faith and our focus towards our futures.
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