If you were to go on a job interview today, for almost any position, you’d probably walk in with your resume in hand. My resume is filled with all of the random, eclectic, odd jobs that I’ve obtained throughout the years. Some of these jobs were really not in my skill set, not great for my personality type, and definitely weren’t jobs that I would have wanted anyone to define me by.
Imagine if your past was printed out onto one white sheet of paper. A list of everything you’ve ever done…every mistake…each flaw…all of the shortcomings. While we may not have an actual hard-copy list of these past mistakes (at least I hope none of you have those on paper!), we do tend to carry these things around with us…and as the list grows, the baggage only becomes heavier. The message version of Isaiah 43:18 says:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
Take the list in your head and crumple it. Throw it away. Toss it out for good. Because God is not looking back at the old history of what has happened…He wants to do something brand new in your life! Whatever you have been holding onto and carrying with you, I challenge you to set it down and leave it behind as you continue on your journey with God. He is ready to rewrite your resume…He wants to erase what you thought was typed out in permanent ink.