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6 March -You Can't Change The Past, But You Can Shape Your Future

Our attitude towards situations determines who we are and who we will become. Even if something really difficult or disappointing happens in our lives, we largely decide how we will allow those events to affect and shape our futures.

In 1880 a little girl named Helen Keller was born. At 19 months, she was struck down with an acute illness that left her blind and deaf. As a result of these disabilities, she was also unable to learn how to speak. Society didn’t specialise in the care she needed.

But a woman named Anne Sullivan trained her to speak and read. Helen Keller became a recognised author and lecturer and received the presidential medal of freedom. Her lecturing tours were highly sought after.

After World War 2, she visited wounded soldiers in hospitals and spoke worldwide. She is known for her success, bravery, and dignity and resolves to overcome life’s difficulties.

Sometimes life deals us lemons, but wisdom says, “Don’t sit there sucking on those lemons; go and make some lemonade”.

Raphael, a famous Italian painter, was asked which of his paintings was his greatest work. He thought for a moment and then said. “My next one“.

We can’t change the past and definitely can’t live there, but we can shape the future, which means today has the potential to be the best day ever!

Many of the world’s greatest discoveries, artistic masterpieces and inventions were made in times of deepest trouble.

One of the things I love about Jesus is that He will take our mess up's, failures and heartaches and use them to create a message that can make an impact for good in the lives of those around us.

He is the ultimate positive thinker and promises He will turn everything around for our good if we continue to walk with Him. (Romans 8:28) He came and gave His best – Himself, so we could have a life free from guilt, pain, shame and death.

He says it may seem impossible but look to Him because He specialises in turning things around.

Look to Him when it appears too difficult, and you’re disappointed.

Look to Him when tempted to settle for the second best in your life.

Allow Jesus to speak to you and to put vision and dreams in your heart. He is the restorer of broken dreams and will infuse life into your heart where you may feel dead.

The Bible says, “He gives life to the dead and call things that are not as though they were,” and to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and to run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith“. (Romans 4:17; Hebrews 12:2)

There are far, far better things ahead, so keep walking and know that if you are still breathing, Jesus is still working. He has a plan, he sees you and promises He will finish what He started in you. (Ephesians 2:10)

Prayer: Jesus, I choose to fix my eyes upon you and that you would be my example. I want to live a life “happening” to things rather than waiting for things to happen to me. Please lead, guide and strengthen me to live my best life today. In Jesus name, Amen.

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