If we want to take charge of our future, we have to settle our past.
When I see a new patient, I always take a history. It’s not to make a patient feel bad about smoking, or problems they’ve had in the past with alcohol or behavioral problems or diseases. The purpose of the history is that I cannot know how to safely take my patient into the future, if I do not know where they’ve been in their past.
Knowing the patient’s history allows me to understand what they’ve been through, what troubles they’ve faced, and how those things might affect what’s going on now, what I need to do for them, and what their future may hold.
It’s crucial to be right about the past.
But it’s also crucial to be real about what we want.
We spend too much time saying we want something, everything, but we often either aren’t willing to put in the work to get there, or we don’t know how to start. Sometimes we try to go after too much at once, even good things, and that keeps us from really getting after the BEST thing for our life.
—- Side Note —-
It’s important to note that sometimes we seem to be unable to get what we want because God has other plans for us.
NKJV – 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
Sometimes God has a work for someone else to do, like Peter in Asia, and that might be why it never seems like you can break through. This period of Paul’s life was right before his dream- later in the same chapter- in which God called him to Macedonia.
So, if you’re banging your head, maybe pray and ask God if this is what HE wants. It could be the wrong work, the wrong time, or that He hasn’t gifted you for that (yet or never). John Bevere talked about this. When God calls you to it, he will equip you for it. (Christine Caine)
Once we’re right about who we are, and real about what we want, then we only need one more thing we need in order to really move forward into our lives: a plan. We need to get clear about how to get where God is calling us in our lives.
Put success in your way (Rob Hatch).
Scriptures in important places:
Psalm 101:3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. (No “worthless thing”)
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Put the word in your way. Win the morning, win the day (Chase Tucker, Peloton)
“Action taken by preparation, not reaction taken by desperation” Will McDonald
Look, this is where we’re going. I have to give you the instruments and procedures for self-brain surgery. Why? Because you can’t change your life until you change your mind. Get right, real, and clear. We’ll start next time on getting right.
But you have to start today.