“You cannot start your hotel stay (or anything else) in the past.”

You cannot live this moment well if you're dwelling on the past. Here's help to live your best life now...

I was trying to make a room reservation at a specific hotel–something I had done countless times before. The hotel websites always reply with the short list of predictable possibilities. If there are no rooms available, the site says so. If there are rooms, you get the rates and kinds of room. You know the drill.

However, this particular search resulted in a message I had never seen before: “You cannot start your hotel stay in the past.” Huh? This was a new one for me. It took me longer than a normal person to figure out what was going on. You have already guessed my error: Typo. I had inadvertently typed in the wrong date for my arrival–a date that had already passed.

The hotel chain’s message has stuck with me. It makes me think about past moments and events in my life–situations where I would like to back the calendar up and get a “do-over.” If I could, I would be able to not say the angry word, not miss the opportunity or simply slow down and savor moments with a loved one who is now with the Lord.

How about you? Are there things you have done, said or neglected that cause you to want to back up the calendar so that you could change what happened? If so, perhaps you will be helped by the thought the Lord has placed in my heart–it’s roughly based on the above statement from the hotel: “You cannot live this moment for Christ by being stuck in the past.”

The Lord would have you and I see our sins, ourselves and our future the way He does. Those regrets and mistakes we go over and over and over again in our minds are forgiven. While we cannot back up the calendar, we can be assured of God’s forgiveness.

And, there is much more! The Lord promises to do something we cannot fathom: He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12 (NLT)

Allow that wondrous promise to wash over you and fill your heart and mind with the love our Savior has for you. We can re-hash our sins over and over and over. But, our Heavenly Father does not dwell on our past. Instead, he gives us a completely clean slate.

You cannot live this moment well if you're dwelling on the past. Here's help to live your best life now..

Then, our gracious God invites us out of the pit of our past mistakes and gives us a new identity: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Wow! YOU! Yes, YOU are a masterpiece!!

Further, you are a masterpiece with a purpose. Here is the way the Ephesians 2 verse finishes: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

You–God’s masterpiece and new creation–by God’s grace and power can “–throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and … run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

You need not be stuck in the past. He has thrown off the sins that would hinder you, created you anew and focused you forward so “we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

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  1. Horace Williams says:

    I am beyond thankful that God has forgiven my past iniquities and chosen me to be a child of His. It is my heart’s desire to live for Him as the man that He always intended and in doing so glorify Him. Thanks for sharing this wonderful reminder of God’s grace! Blessings to you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend!
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  2. bluecottonmemory says:

    I did that just recently – it took me awhile to realize “the past” was creating problems right now! I love how you used this time vehicle to remind us who we are and what we need to unload! Shalom!

  3. Lori Schumaker says:

    Blake, Absolutely brilliant! Isn’t is funny how God can use those little moments to teach us big lessons? I wrote a post a couple of months ago reflecting on the same topic. It truly is something that connects with my heart. Living in the past has the power to keep us stuck – never living the life of freedom Christ desires for us.
    Thanks so much!
    Blessings and smiles,
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  4. Evelyn says:

    Your post reminds me of my rose. My ebb tide rose has taught me to stop every time I walk by, savoring its perfume and beholding its beauty. To cherish it’s gifts because once it finishes blooming, it’s petals fall away. So too, I need to cherish my gifts. My son’s smile, my husband’s love, the blessings of family and friends. And sweet fellowship with my church family. As long as a rose blooms on my porch, I hope I don’t forget the fragrant message it gives…to cherish my gifts.

  5. Miranda says:

    Wow such a good post! I have often thought of what I would do differently if I could go back and change things. But the truth is, if my past hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be where I am today or the person I am today. God uses all things for His glory, in His time. Thank you so much for the reminder.
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  6. Carrie says:

    Oh yes, it’s taken me many long years to get unstuck from the past regrets and realize how God sees me as His child! And I think I’ve done the exact thing on an airline and hotel site 🙂

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