Motivational Monday: Your Past Does Not Define You


 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:

marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

I do not know if anyone has ever told you this before, but you are special. You are a precious gift from God. You have been created with a purpose and bought with a price. You were put on this earth for a reason. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you are ordinary, or that you are worthless. God created you in His image and that makes you someone special.

Many times in life, things happen that are out of our control. We are mistreated by people, we are used by people, and we are abused by people. This can leave us feeling like we are flawed, like we could never possibly be good for anything.

I am here to tell you, today, that those are lies from the devil. They are lies that Satan tries to get you to believe because he wants you to remain lost and cast down.

How do I know? I have been there, I understand, I struggle just as you do.

When I was a child I was molested by someone whom I trusted and admired a great deal. While ministering as missionaries to the Navajo Indians in New Mexico we befriended someone whom we felt needed some help and whom we felt we could help. There for a while it seemed that progress was being made. My parents helped her overcome a drinking problem and even got her involved in church. She became a regular part of our family and someone I considered a dear friend. Unfortunately she had some demons in her past that she could not overcome.  I had no idea what lay in store for me. I endured many years of abuse before I was able to find the courage to come to my parents and tell them what had happened.

Due to circumstances beyond our control we had to leave the mission field. Our lives were turned up-side-down in a matter of a few weeks. After everything that had happened I felt used, broken, and useless. I often wondered how I was ever going to have a normal life after going through something like that.

God had a plan, however. After we moved back home, I was surrounded by people who loved me. I eventually was able to regain some sense of normalcy, yet there are still times, all these years later, when the devil tries to whisper his lies in my ear. He tries to tell me that I am worthless, that I am unlovable, that I am flawed. I have learned to recognize these lies and I have learned to hand them over to God when I am presented with them.

I want to encourage you today. No matter what you have been through, no matter what kind of abuse you have faced in your past, you are still precious in God’s eyes. You may feel broken, flawed, and worthless, but you are not. You are loved by a God who chose to send His Son to die on the cross for your sins. You are loved by a God who chose to create you long before time even began. I promise that He has always and still does have a plan for your life.

Do not let the devil fill you with his lies. Do not let him tell you that you are worthless now, that you can never have a normal life, or that you are never going to be anything. The devil wants to see you defeated. He wants to steal your joy and your hope because that is all he can do.

I want you to cling to the promise of today’s verse. Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You can not change what has happened in your past, but you can cling to the hope of a future. My favorite verse, as I have said many times before, is Jeremiah 29:11-“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God does not think you are flawed, he does not think you are useless. God loves you, He knows you are precious, and He has a plan for your life.

I pray right now, wherever you are in life, that you will allow God to heal, that you will allow God to mend your broken heart, and that you will allow God to show you the plans He has for you. Do not let the devil steal your joy. Put your faith in God and allow Him to show you what you are really worth.