That’s A Wrap!

29 01 2014

Yesterday’s a done deal. The actors left the set, the lights are off, the crew went home. The film is “in the can.”

In life, unlike the movie industry, we don’t get to edit the film. We can’t do a retake. It’s done.

All we have is today.

If you didn’t like how the scene went yesterday, study it. What went wrong? Is there a chance that there will be a scene like it in the future? What could be done differently?

We can spend today beating ourselves to a pulp for yesterday’s performance, or screaming at the cast for not getting their parts right.

It won’t change a thing.

Zero

Zip

Zilch

Nada!

It can’t be undone. The words taken back, the actions erased. They are what they are. There will be no opportunity to shoot the scene again.

Today is tomorrow’s history.

If you want a better history, then live a better today!

I can be a “past-er” living in the past, playing out each day as if it is a rerun of my yesterdays, carry a “victim” mentality and fail to mature;

or

I can become a “pastor,” who is able to herd others to healing, bring them to the Lord Who Heals, and experience the joy of being a witness to their transformation.

“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way…

“Finally, brothers (and sisters šŸ˜‰ ), whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence and/or worthy of praise, think aboutĀ these things.

“Develop the habit of making everything a matter for prayer, giving thanks for all you have received. Then the peace of God which is beyond comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14-15; 4:8; 4:6,7…my paraphrase)

Finally, weĀ mustĀ remember that Jesus already overcame the world. We areĀ notĀ fightingĀ forĀ victory, but from a position of victory. This understanding changesĀ everything!

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses…God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us for it all. He cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands – it was nailed to His cross. There He disarmed the rulers and authoritiesĀ and put them to open shame by triumphing over them! Ā (Colossians 2:13-15-ish, paraphrased)

Stand tall, stand firm, eyes on Jesus, and may the peace of God keep your hearts as you turn your anxious thoughts into praise for what He will surely do!

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14 02 2014
(Re) forming habits – One day at a time and be gentle with yourself | Walking With My Brother

[…] Forget the on-going self-recrimination. The error was in the past. Your acknowledgment of the error (and your request for forgiveness?) were both in the past, too. So should be your concern. Tami at Lessons by Heart talks about her view of this here. […]

29 01 2014
Kris Ann Maestri

These scripture verses are among some of my favorites. Charles Swindoll said that he believed that life was 90 percent attitude and 10 percent circumstances. I believe that when we live our lives for Christ with His attitude we will have fewer desires for retakes in our lives. Thank you, sweet Tracey, for always pointing me to Christ. I love you!

29 01 2014
lessonsbyheart

It’s my honor to lead everyone to the One who is my All In All! Thanks for taking time to read and comment. šŸ™‚

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29 01 2014
Anna Bachinsky

“If you want a better history, then live a better today!” Amen Tami!

It’s so important to live each day with purpose knowing that it’s what we do today that shapes where we will go tomorrow. Be blessed!

29 01 2014
lessonsbyheart

I read a couple of days ago that every moment has meaning because Jesus is always with us. Isn’t that cool? šŸ™‚

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29 01 2014
Tracey

Reblogged this on twewordplay and commented:
Amen. Thank you, Lessons By Heart
Press toward the goal of our prize in Christ.
With my love of good solid films I enjoyed the analogy šŸ™‚ twe

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