I recently heard a speaker share her story of being sexually abused between the ages of four and fourteen. For ten years she had endured terrible abuse. The speaker, now in her forties distinguished the fact that for thirty years she had been free of such ill in her life. She could either focus on the years of her abuse, or the years that she’s been free. While our struggles and defeats have a role in the story we live, they don’t complete the storybook. The abuses, illnesses, breakdowns and strongholds we have endured don’t define us. They aren’t even a part of us; they are simply a part of our stories.
I love these words by C.S Lewis:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
While I’ve been depressed, severely or mildly for almost ten years of my life, I’ve been free of depression for over twenty. Today, I’m choosing to fix my eyes ahead and believe the promise that God is doing a new thing in my life.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. –Isaiah 43:19
Live in a way that your story is only a backdrop for God’s bigger story.
I refuse to be defined by my struggle. I will not let my breakdowns overshadow my breakthroughs. Greater, more beautiful things are ahead. May we have the courage to turn on our backs on what is behind and fix our eyes on what is ahead.
What do you need to leave behind in order to press forward?