The Past Has No Power Over Me

My sister and I are DIFFERENT. Like, in sooo many ways. She’s tall, I’m short, she’s a brunette, I’m a blonde, she’s liberal and I’m more conservative, she’s the strong, confident type and I can be strong and confident, but I can also get overwhelmed, and stuck. In allll my feelings.

Now, to be clear, we both had some trouble in life. We both experienced things that anyone would have difficulty coming to terms with.

What’s interesting is how we handle the same things, differently. Not understanding each other’s coping mechanisms used to make our relationship much more tense. The years have rolled on and we have learned a few things. We listen to each other more now.

What’s great about that is there is no one on this earth that knows me quite like her. Through all the stages of my life, she was always there. If there was ever a person who truly gets why I grew up to be the person I am, it’s her.

It’s the reason why it’s has always been hard to hear disapproval or criticism from her. She knows me and I love her and I respect her opinion.

Both of us can be pretty headstrong about our beliefs, perspectives. I know what I think about things, she knows what she thinks about things. Sometimes when we think we know what we think already, we can still have so many things to learn.

The other day when we were talking, I was talking about our past, the hard stuff and she made this pronouncement,

I didn’t know whether to laugh or be angry at her saying it like that; like it was that easy.

What’s been bugging me about it ever since is, what if it is that easy? Maybe I can just drop it off like some old clothes to Goodwill?

I have really been thinking it over since we talked. This passage from the Bible came to my mind:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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.

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a  view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:12-16

Still thinking about it. Would love to hear your thoughts, too.

About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Springdale, AR with her husband Spencer & her two children Katie (9) & Jackson (7).

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