Embrace Your Past Experiences—Good and Bad

“Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him.”

Deuteronomy 11:2 (GNT)

Do you want God to use your past for good? Then you have to embrace the experiences of your life—the good ones, the bad ones, the shameful ones, the right ones, the wrong ones, the happy ones, and the sad ones—and stop running from your past.

Galatians 3:4 says, “Were all your experiences wasted? I hope not!” (NCV).

Don’t run away from your past! Because of pain, many people deny their past, ignore their past, discount their past, regret their past, or resent their past. They revise their past and make up stories because they’re happier dealing with a lie than the pain of the past. But when you’re in denial, God can’t use your experiences for good.

God can use every experience in your life for good, but you’ve got to stop running from them; you have to embrace them. Maybe your parents weren’t very loving, maybe you weren’t that great in school, maybe you weren’t the football captain or the prom queen. So what? They’re your experiences. Own them.

Stop pushing the bad experiences out of your mind. Instead, you’ve got to remember them. Deuteronomy 11:2 says, “Remember today what you have learned about the LORD through your experiences with him” (GNT).

In other words, remember the lessons your experiences have taught you. How do you do that? The best way to remember the lessons and experiences of your life is to keep a journal. I’m not talking about a diary. A diary is a daily list of what you did: “Today I went to the store and bought milk.” With a journal, you don’t necessarily write in it every day. But every time you have an important lesson, you write it down so you won’t forget it: “That was painful. I learned that the hard way. I don’t want to forget that.”

To remember what you’ve learned about God, keep a journal. Then you can look back and remember what God taught you. In the dark times of your life, you can be encouraged and know that God is still working for your good.

Talk It Over

  • What do you do to remember how God has been faithful to you and answered your prayers?
  • If you prefer not to write, what are some other ways you can journal or keep some other kind of record of God’s lessons?
  • What experience from your past do you need to embrace so God can start using it for good?

Will you follow Jesus today?

God proved his goodness through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 CSB).

Are you ready to trust God to fulfill his promise of eternal life? If so, start by praying this simple prayer: “Dear God, I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I confess I have sinned, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to take away my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow him as Lord from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at [email protected] and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

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