Friday, August 16, 2013

Density or Destiny?

In the movie, Back to the Future, poor little George McFly who is in love with Lorraine, the girl he is "destined" to marry one day, can't seem to find the courage to even speak to her. In fact, everything comes out wrong when he finally gets the chance to speak to her and all he can say is, "I'm your DENSITY!"

I know many times I feel like I'm in my own density... especially when I realize that I must have had my brain unplugged because I just said the wrong thing to the wrong person and messed things up royally! But you know what? Even the wrong words can be fixed with just a little love.

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. ~1 Peter 4:8, NLT


The problem we have with our density though is that we let our history kill our destiny! Instead of moving on, we wallow in what we did in the past, worrying over what happened, what we said, how we handled a situation, or just the fact that plain and simple... we messed up.

Maybe you said, "I'm sorry." Maybe you were not forgiven. So instead of getting over it, you sit and think about it, worry over it, and allow that mistake to fester and keep you from moving forward. I have been there, too. I know that I have had many, many "oopsie-daisy" moments in my life. And I'm sure there will be others. I'm human! But where humans would love to keep those transgressions close to them and dredge them back up any and every time they see you, GOD DOES NOT!

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. ~1 John 1:9, NLT............................. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins." ~Hebrews 8:12, NLT

Family in Christ, we do not have time to repeat history. We do not have time to wallow in the "wish I would have's" the "should'a, could'a, woulda's" of life and allow the enemy to use people to keep us in our history and away from our DESTINY!

Your History WILL destroy your DESTINY if you let it. Look at Paul. Before God changed his name to Paul, SAUL was a pretty bad fella. He actually went to the authorities and got a paper stating that he could hunt down and kill Christians...just because they were Jesus followers! But an amazing thing happened when he was on his way to the hunt. Jesus showed up and changed his life! Paul was never the same after that! And he told people of his history only as an example... but he didn't relive it. 

... but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on the reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us. ~Philippians 3:13b-14, NLT 

Look at Moses, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Rahab... They did not let their history kill their destiny! You shouldn't either.

It doesn't matter what's in your past. It doesn't matter what your history dictates. You CAN rise above it. History dictates that my life should be in shambles right now. Because over and over growing up, and even after I married and had children, it was drilled into me that "depression and cancer run in our family." Well guess what? I DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT! Why? Because God has great big plans for me, that's why!

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope..." ~Jeremiah 29:11, NLT (emphasis added)


Don't be like George McFly. Step into your DESTINY and leave your density and your history behind... where they belong.


J'nell Ciesielski said...

I love this movie! McFly did start out a bit dense but by the end he reached out, punched Biff, and claimed his destiny! A true life lesson.

Dora Hiers said...

LOVE your attitude, Shelley!

Wallow...fester...worry...All words I'm guilty of. Thanks for the reminder not to dwell in the past, or the present, for that matter, when our final DESTINY is eternity.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thanks, J'nell & Dora! I admit, my attitude in the past has not always been on the "up-and-up." However, God changed all that! A little (well, BIG) healing does that to a person. ;-] I'm kind of a "tell it like it is" girl.

Susan Craft said...

Thank you so much for the reminder to not live with the shoulda, coulda, woulda's. I needed this reminder. Great timing for me to read this post.

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

When I first read the blog hop thumbnail, I thought it read "Dentistry or destiny." Freudian slip maybe? :) I despise going to the dentist, so avoid it though I know it only hurts more in the end when I develop bad teeth. Talk about being dense!
I never actually saw that movie- can you believe that? And I lived near the shopping mall where part of it was filmed.
Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

Nancy K. Sullivan said...

Great insight with the transposed letters. Poor George :/ You took a tough subject and made it fun and memorable. Love your pretty blog, too.

Tom Threadgill said...

Learning to leave our past behind is a huge step, especially when so many others want to remind us of it. Thanks for posting, Shelley!

yankee in nz said...

Thanks Shelley, very creative.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Oh how I wish there was a "Like" button for all these comments! You all make me "GOL" (Giggle Out Loud)!!

Susan...It IS amazing how God times things just when we need them, isn't it!

Barbara..."Dentistry," that's funny! And you really should see the movie. If anything just to see George McFly!

Nancy... Thank you. You should see the tennis shoes I found to match my website! ;-]

Tom...Isn't it sad that there are people who won't let things go? Stepping out in faith IS a huge step!

"Yankee"... Ya gotta be creative when you're a writer. Thanks for reading! <3

Thank you ALL! You make me smile! :-D

Karla Akins said...

I loved that line in the movie. You are so right in this post. I read an article recently that said we do Sunday school backwards. We teach "look at David, be like David." Instead of, "look what David did, he was a murderer and an adulterer and God still used him and made him the greatest king ever." So yes, our past has no bearing on how God can use us NOW. Great post!

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