This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behalf, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

This verse give me a sigh of relief. And if you knew my past and its stories of wrongdoings, horrible thoughts, and selfishness – and I’m including “five minutes ago,” too – you’d understand why as well.

In today’s Marketplace Leaders devotional, Os Hillman reminds us that Satan likes to use the past to define us, to hold us back, to make us feel not good enough; and he likes do that through people around us (when they complain “You’re never going to change!” Or “you always do that!”), advertisements, and planting negative thoughts in your brain (remember – do not believe everything you think).

I’ve told lies, I’ve used people, I’ve put possessions/power above God, I’ve done things out of comfort at the expense of others, I’ve stolen, I’ve discounted the Sabbath, I’ve divorced, I’ve ignored God for most of my life, and the list goes on.

But Jesus’ actions have allowed my criminal record to be wiped spotless; I have a clean slate again. I have unlimited second chances to mature, grow my relationship with Him, and transform into a different person – someone who finds love, joy, and purpose in the right places. And someone who understands that even though I may be pre-disposed by my past, I am not predetermined by it. And whose past brokenness will be used to accomplish amazing things.

Like all of those investment prospectuses say: “Past performance is no indication of future performance.” I want to restart, and this time – with help.

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