for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, -Romans 3:2
I’ve been a drunk, an atheist, a liar, a thief, and a degenerate.Through my selfish and careless actions I have hurt innumerous amounts of people. I’ve knocked people down and I’ve kicked others while they were down. I’ve disappointed the ones that love me the most. I’ve disappointed myself. I’ve looked in the mirror and not even recognized the man staring back at me. Do these things make me a bad person? Am I just one big pile of bad decisions? Will I ever amount to anything?
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. -Philippians 3:13-14
I’m not proud of some of the things in my past, but I do not regret any of them. Each thing that has happened and each decision I have made has taught me a lesson. It has shaped me and molded me into the man that I am today. I don’t dwell on it in pity; I use it to drive forward. My past does not define me; it strengthens me. It motivates me to make better choices and to always put others before myself. I’m never again going to be that man that I was. I’m simply not going to let it happen. I can’t let it happen. I have too much left to do with my life. With God by me side, I will walk the narrow path. Will I stumble? You bet! But I will always have God there with me to grab me when I fall.