The idea that we can “turn the page” in life is one that should be freeing. Yet, for many this seems almost impossible. Issues from the past where we may have been hurt, along with the failures we may have experienced, can haunt our thoughts and invade our dreams.
Instead of being able to move forward in life, this may lead us to relive and focus on the very things that cause us pain.
It does not have to be this way, does it? What if we could refocus our hearts and minds, what if we could begin to see our life as a culmination of our experiences and “turn the page” as we wait with anticipation for the next chapter to unfold?
Is this possible?
I believe it is not only possible, I believe this is how we are intended to live our lives. We need to see the past as something to learn from, while enjoying the opportunity we have, to live in the present with hope and expectancy for a better future.
Though this may be difficult at times, we must understand we are the ones who choose to live with this mindset. We decide if we can apply the lessons from our past to how we will live our lives as we go forward.
Turning the page is not only necessary, it is critical if we are going to become all we have been created to be.
You see, each page in our story is being used to shape our life; both present and future. If we are not willing to “turn the page”, we can become paralyzed by the present and fixated on the past. Knowing this, we must decide if we are going to move forward or if we are going to remain in a pattern which stifles our ability to see life as more than what we may have been through.
Perhaps, we can get to the point where we can see the hurts and pains of our life have helped us to become the person we are today.
The choice to “turn the page” is what allows this book of our life to continue to be written.
Regardless of the characters and situations we encounter, this is our book and with each new page we are coming one step closer to the ending.
Knowing this, perhaps we can begin to look forward with great anticipation to the next page!
James 1:2-4,” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”