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The Past Can Make Your Salty
October 9, 2020

 
"Remember what happened to Lot's wife."
Luke 17:32

There are popular quotes that remind us how important it is to remember the past. "Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it." That's one of my favorites. "Never forget where you came from."  That's one that I despise.  

In Luke 17 Jesus tells us to "Remember Lot's wife."  You might know the story from Genesis 19.  Despite the warning, Lot's wife looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah  as the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky.  Consequently, she was turned to a pillar of salt.  

Has that ever happened to you? The Lord tried to warn you and you chose not to listen. When it didn't work out as expected, you got salty with everybody or maybe even with God. Salty...like Lot's wife. 

Listen, I get it. Nobody...I mean nobody...could have been saltier about the past than me.  By the grace of God, I was able to accept the past, learn from it, and move forward towards the purpose and promise that God has for my life...unlike Lot's wife.

The past can make you bitter and salty if you don't move on.
Not all memories are fond. Lot's wife looked back with fondness but many of us look back at childhood, past relationships, past hurts and abuses and we get bitter, salty with God. Instead of looking back in anger, look back and see that God brought you through it.  Focus on that part. 

You might be bruised, battered, or broken but as long as you are still here, a new day is coming every 24 hours.  Lamentations  3:23 tells us that God's mercies are new every morning. Open your heart and accept them.  Move beyond your past. God has something new for you. 
 

You've got to move, physically and emotionally.   In Genesis 19:16 the angel grabbed Lot's wife by the hand.  Lot's wife was nearly being dragged from Sodom by God's angels. Though Lot's wife left Sodom physically, she did not leave it emotionally. She still had an emotional tie to her past. Holding on to the pain of your past or allowing that pain to dictate your current thoughts, actions, and decisions halts your progress. Reminiscing about the "good ol' days" keeps you from the better days to come. 

If your emotional tie to your past ends up affecting your present or worse...your future...you're going to be salty. 

You can't move forward with God's plan and hold on to your old life.
In Luke 17, Jesus tells us that you cannot save your life by clinging to it. But if you let it go, you will save it. God was doing something new with Lot's wife. He was changing her life, but she wouldn't let go of the life she had. 

Progress often means letting go of people and things that give us a sense of security. You have to trust God to replace them with something better.  If you sense that God is trying to do something new in your life, let go of what you know.

Looking back leaves you stuck where you are.
Lot's wife obviously did not make it to Zoar. Nor could she return to Sodom. Looking back left her stuck right there between where she was and where she was going. The past is gone and you can't go back. You can't redo old decisions or undo past hurts. You can only make wise decisions now to reconcile them and heal.  

Yes, remember the lessons of your past. However, fixating on your past keeps you from moving forward. It's why Paul said in Philippians 3, "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." 

Amen to that! 

Now...Keep it Moving! 
Accepting your past is an important part  of the journey to purpose because knowing yourself is the first step.  My book, Stay in Your Lane, guides you through exercises that help you know and accept who you are.

Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Live On Purpose. 
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