What Lies Within // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sometimes, we are tempted to let the hurts of the past to direct our lives today. Certain moments have a way of defining us.

the accident
the death
the divorce
the argument
the illness
the failure

Painful experiences come in broken shards with jagged edges that cut deep and pierce the heart.

If we hold our hurts close, clutching them tightly in our grasp, we will never move beyond the pain. Sometimes it’s more “comfortable” to hang on to old hurts than to risk release them. Maybe doing so means letting go of our very identity. But faith calls us to release the past — to begin the long journey of healing.

Looking the other direction . . . towards the future. . .trouble is a brewing! Every person has problems coming down the pike. Why are we so surprised when trouble knocks at the door? It’s normal! Hardship is just a part of the package of living!

However, there are plenty of blessings to go along with those troubles. It’s a good mix, really — a gallon of grace for every teaspoon of difficulty. God is with us.

Therefore, we must not succumb to the tears, nor cave to the fears. Regret and anxiety are terrible dictators.

No — we just need to live one day at a time.

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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