Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yesterday does not define you

Song: Family Tree by Matthew West 

It does not matter  who you were, where you were from, what family or religious background, mistakes that you have done or your parents or grandparents o great grand parents have done that brought you in such an environment. 

Some of us grew up with anger and bitterness towards our parents, family, our situation, wishing we could have been born somewhere else - a different family. While some of us just misunderstood our parents and what they were trying to do, many were caught in the middle of dysfunction  with no one to turn to for a better example to follow. maybe its poor choice that those parents made, or their parents made, or their grand parents' or culture, tradition or a sin of long ago that started all this. Maybe, back then, they have felt just as trapped. 

But you don’t have to have the same life.  We do not have to have the same story. We don’t have to be who they have become. Christ not only forgave us, saved us from our sin, gave us eternal life but He also gave us a new life, a new story – a beautiful story!  Will our past change? No. But God has a beautiful plan, a great dream for us and he can redeem the past and create a beautiful future. And that will be our legacy. That will be our destiny. We have been set free and from you a new generation begins!
Left to right: Sharon, Dia, R-r, Lowella, Sharon

Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19


Pray that I may continue to have burden for the lost, serve God, entrust all my desires to Him, and His will be done in my life. 

- sharon, 17 
South Cotabato

*Sharon's leads a Nehemiah Team in the Waray river areas this summer.