I forget things all too quickly. Sometimes it’s easy for me to focus on my current struggles, challenges and pains. And focusing on them can make my struggles feel big and untamed.
Struggling with body image, food, self-acceptance and shame has been a part of my story for over 13 years now. When I get stuck in thinking I am the sum total of my old struggles, habits and choices… defeat, doubt and hopelessness are allowed to take up residency in my spirit.
But I am so thankful my story does not end with a constant, unchanging struggle. And neither does yours.
This past weekend we celebrated Easter. As I went to church with my family, I was expecting to hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection and how He gave us life. But I was struck with something different from our Pastor’s sermon. I was reminded how powerful the story of Jesus really is. His life, death and resurrection IS the power of the gospel. And it is through His power, we are changed.
Instead of sitting and stewing in our past or our old habits, it’s good to simply remember. To remember who we were before we let Jesus in and see how His power has transformed us.
I am no longer my past. I am no longer defined by my greatest fears of who I used to be. I am no longer stuck in my mistakes or my weaknesses. I am free from shame. I am not sentenced to emptiness, hopelessness or wondering. I am accepted. I am transformed. I am made new.
My shackles are gone. My fears have been won. My life has beauty.
I have hope, grace and redemption through the power of Jesus’ story.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 1 Corinthians 5:17
There is a song I just can’t get enough of as of late. It’s called New Man by a group called All Things New. I loved it before I heard Sunday’s sermon, and love it even more now. God is giving me some powerful reminders that I have been made new through Him. Maybe you need this reminder today too.
“God, You have made me new
You’ve restored my heart and
Turned these ashes into life
Oh God, You have pulled me through
And everything I was is gone
And washed away for good
I’m a new man in You.”
Are you defining yourself by your past or allowing it to keep you shackled? Think back to who you used to be… how has Jesus’ story changed you?
© 2012 Standing on Peace