Don’t let your past form your future.
Reference: “Humtah, Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) and Zior—nine towns and their villages.” Joshua 15:54 NIV
Explore: The place I grew up in is a small country town in the western district of Victoria. With only 1850 people living there, our Main Street consisted of not much more than a post office, newsagent, fish n chip shop, supermarket, chemist and hardware store.
When driving through town the common joke was that if you blinked, you would miss it!
Now that I live in one of the main cities in Australia, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to go back and live there. But I enjoyed growing up in a small town and it made me realise it doesn’t matter how simple your upbringing, you can still do great things for God.
Application: In Joshua 15 we hear of all the towns and villages that made up the clan of Judah. There are many listed; some names I have never heard of.
But no matter which village near which town in which tribe was mentioned, they were all considered important enough to be written in scripture.
Don’t let the place you grew up in form your future. It doesn’t matter if you were on the wrong side of the tracks or the side that didn’t seem so green. Jesus died for each of us and has called each of us to His purpose.
Where is your future? Is it still hanging onto the past or moving towards God’s greater purpose?
Prayer: Lord, give us the courage to let go of the past and look forward to what You have in store for us. Amen.
How is your past holding you back from a greater future?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.