Over the past five years, I’ve spent a good bit of time revisiting the twists and turns of my last fifty years. Much of that time was spent sorting through childhood memories in order to unearth the origin of my internal struggles.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal
to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14

For many of us, there comes a time in life when we must re-visit our past in order to process any lingering pain and put it behind us. That way, we can free ourselves from unnecessary obstacles and press on toward God’s plans for our lives. That’s certainly been true for me. Prior to 2012, I coasted through life –– the best way I knew how addressing issues as they arose, processing successes, failures, joy, and pain by simply –– doing whatever seemed right at the time. My primary focus was to keep moving forward, whether good, bad, or indifferent.

What I failed to realize was, through the years I was adopting a number of very unhealthy habits in order to cope with past pain and regrets. So, as I approached my nifty fifties, I had some work to do. I needed to unlearn some of those bad habits and replace them with healthier ways of approaching my every-day life situations.

Do you find yourself struggling to overcome lingering pain, bitterness, unforgiveness, or guilt? Do you have a tendency to push your obstacles aside in order to find ways to just go on? God in no way wants us to be a slave to fear, hurt, sin or shame. Maybe it’s time to unearth the underlying root of your issues in order to heal them. Maybe it’s time to do the hard work and put the past where it belongs – in the past.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1