FORGIVE YOURSELF, AND MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST!

If you have trouble forgiving yourself sometimes, I’d like to share a poem with you that I wrote called, “Make Peace with Your Past.” This is so important because God can not use you if shame has you bound. So take yourself off of the cross. Jesus paid your penalty. Forgive yourself and make peace with your past!

MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST
© 2016 by Tracey L. Moore

The past is over; the dark moment is gone,
Remember the lesson, forget the past and move on.
There’s no condemnation to those hid in Christ,
Even if you have made a mess of your life.
Satan is the accuser, for that is his job,
His goal is to deceive you and fully rob
You of the good life that God has planned for you,
Don’t let him defeat you; his words are untrue.
He’s the father of lies, and he means you no good,
Receive God’s grace like a child of God should,
Pick yourself up and dust yourself off,
Embrace what Jesus has done on the cross.

You’ve got to move forward, refuse to look back,
Hold on to God’s love and keep firmly on track.
Know that you are steeped in His righteousness,
In spite of what happened, He says you are blessed.
Stop looking in the rearview mirror of life,
Look through the windshield; Jesus paid the price,
So drive forward into your God-given destiny,
It’s time to move on; it’s time to be free.

For God has forgiven you, He’s faithful and just,
All you have to do is just put your trust
In God, and hold tightly to His unchanging hand,
And courageously move towards the Promised Land.
It’s time to forgive yourself; God’s done so already,
Keep your eyes on the prize and prepare to hold steady.

Make peace with your past; make peace with yourself,
Don’t you dare allow Satan to put you on the shelf!
You’ve got gifts and talents! God wants to use you!
With everything in you, His Kingdom pursue,
But God cannot use you bound up by shame,
You must shake off the chains in Jesus’ name!

Don’t worry about what the haters may say,
Just expect God to make a way out of no way,
For people are quick to throw dirt in your face,
Don’t let it distract you, keep running your race.
When God’s ready to use you, your past doesn’t matter,
Ignore people’s thoughts and their negative chatter,
God will use the foolish things to confound the wise,
Those who finish the race shall indeed get the prize.

So keep pressing forward towards the mark
Of the high calling in Christ, don’t stay in the dark,
Or allow the forces of evil to keep you bound,
Every stronghold of Satan, you’ve got to pull down.
It’s time to move on, let yourself off the hook,
Don’t even give your past a second look.
Though you had a setback, you’ll make up for lost time,
For the grace and mercy of God is so sublime.
Yes, the last shall be first and the first shall be last,
So lay down the guilt and make peace with your past.

 

If you can identify with the poem, share your thoughts with me and leave a comment below.

 

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A NOVEL PERSPECTIVE ON THE COLIN KAEPERNICK PROTEST DEBATE

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Last night I watched the second episode of “Huckabee,” a new Christian variety show on TBN featuring former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. The show opened with a monologue in which he discusses his views on Colin Kaepernick’s protesting police mistreatment of African Americans at NFL football games by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Huckabee spoke of the repercussions of the protests such as loss of income for the NFL due to fans boycotting the game, etc. I personally was not aware all of that was happening as a result of the protest. Therefore, I kept listening to see what other interesting things he had to say.

colin_kaepernickAs I listened to the Governor’s remarks, I was surprised when he revealed a perspective on this issue that I had not thought of before. He stated that the fact that Mr. Kaepernick was protesting was not a problem. That is the way the constitution is set up. We have freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest. The problem that Huckabee had was that the protest was being done at a place of work.

Football players are getting paid millions of dollars to do what they do on the field. The stadium is their place of WORK. Therefore, they do not have the right to protest at WORK when they are under contract. Also, I believe I heard the Governor say that they agreed in their contract to respect the flag and the National Anthem.

For example, I work at the Christian Broadcasting Network. My employer has certain expectations and standards regarding behavior in the workplace. What if I decided to stage a protest at work in the middle of my workday? Or wear an inflammatory, distracting T-shirt to make a point? Do they not have the right to expect me to refrain from protesting at their place of business where they make the rules? After all, they do pay my salary.

Even in the civil rights days when those who fought for freedom from oppression and the abolition of Jim Crow Laws protested, they didn’t do it while on their employer’s time clock. Rosa Parks staged a protest on a bus, not on her job. Protestors sat in at lunch counters, but not while they were at work. Thousands of people marched on Washington, but they were not protesting on their employer’s dime or at the employer’s workplace. Do NOT get me wrong. Where would African Americans be if protests would not have been staged? If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not organized peaceful protests? Yes, protests are necessary to facilitate change, but not in the workplace where you are getting paid millions of dollars to do what you do.

The fact that there are inordinate numbers of Black men being unnecessarily shot by police is worthy of protest.  First, let me say that I believe that the majority of policemen are good public servants. Unfortunately, there are a few in the bunch that ARE bad, and that puts police officers in general in a bad light. Even though there are some bad apples, WE STILL NEED THE POLICE. What if there were no police?? This society would be in total chaos! However, good cops need to be celebrated, and bad cops need to be identified and eliminated because their bias impedes their ability to do their job effectively.

I recently ran across a YouTube video where President Barack Obama was asked what he thought about Mr. Kaepernicks protest in the form of kneeling during the National Anthem. In that video, the president presents both sides of the argument. He points out that it’s understandable that the family members of those who have sacrificed their lives defending this country would be hurt and upset when someone chooses to not stand for the National Anthem. However, those family members should also understand that family members of African American men who have been unnecessarily killed by policemen without justice being served are also hurting.

What I took away from that video is that each side needs to acknowledge and understand one another’s pain and then work together to effect change that will alleviate each other’s pain. It is foolish to let our pain blind us as well as divide us. This is truly something to think about. The point is that both sides need to be heard and understood. The common ground is that there is pain that needs to be expressed and taken into consideration, and again, we desperately need to work together to bring about change where necessary.

Governor Huckabee says that one of the ways NFL players can effect change is to run for public office. Since they have notoriety, huge platforms, and a lot of money, they could easily run for a government office and probably win. That way they can use their influence to change things from the inside. However, if NFL players want to stage a protest, they should consider doing it on their own time, outside of the stadium where they work, are getting paid, and are under contract.

Biblically speaking, we should do our job as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). To protest at a job site and not adhere to the agreements in a signed contract is not operating in the spirit of that verse. Therefore, I support Mr. Kaepernick in his right to protest. I support the reason for his protest. However, I can’t support his choice to protest in the workplace.

How do you feel about this matter pertaining to protest in the NFL? Please leave a comment below.

YOU CAN REMEMBER NAMES!

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Have you ever run into someone you have met before, and for the life of you, you cannot remember the person’s name? I know I have, and I hate when that happens. When people remember your name, don’t you feel flattered, important, and valued? Dale Carnegie felt it was important to include this principle in his human relations training course: “Remember that a person’s name, to that person, is the sweetest,most important sound in any language.”

I always want to be a person who encourages and edifies people. One of the best ways to do that is to remember a person’s name, and I really do want to get better at that. It’s not good enough to say, “I am bad with names.” What better way to make a person feel good than to remember his or her name?  Therefore, I have come up with an acronym, P.R.A.I.S.E., that may help you remember the names of people you encounter on a daily basis:

P is for Pray.  If you really want to remember names, start out by asking God to help you. James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.” Furthermore, John 14:26 says the Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance.

R is for Repeat. Make sure you repeat the name of the person when they introduce themselves, and use the name in the conversation that follows as much as possible. This is especially true when a person has a complicated or unusual name. Repetition will help you to further cement the name into your brain.

A is for Associate. Try to associate the person’s name with someone you know or a famous person with the same name. For instance, I met a young lady named Maleah today. So I associated her with Malia Obama.  If the person’s name is Kim, and you have a sister named Kim, you can say to the individual, “My sister’s name is Kim,” and that will help to anchor the information into your mind.

I is for Imagine. Try to vividly imagine a scenario in your head that is associated with the name. For example, if the person’s last name is Rose, imagine yourself beating them with a dozen roses. If the last name is Gatewood, imagine the person tripping and falling over a short fence with a gate and falling on a pile of wood. For the association example, I could imagine the person I met wrestling with Malia Obama. Make your imaginations as graphic and vivid as possible.

S is for Spell. Ask the person to spell his or her name, and then you spell it aloud. This will help to improve your memory, especially if the name is unusual or complex.

E is for Examine. Examine the person for any unusual features they may possess. Choose something about them that is unique and stands out. For example, if the person’s hair is totally white, focus on that as you attempt to commit their name to memory. Focusing on the person’s unique attributes will help to trigger your memory of having met the person before when you see him or her the next time.

I am challenging you (and myself) to make an effort to remember the names of those you meet. Not only will it make people feel important, but it’s good to exercise your brain to keep your memory sharp for the future. Also, don’t keep saying, “I’m not good at names.” That just compounds the problem because Jesus said you will have exactly what you say (Mark 11:23). However, if you use the techniques above, you will be better able to remember names, you can improve your memory overall, and you can make others feel good about themselves all at the same time. I dare you to give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Do you have a method of remembering names that works for you? Please share by leaving a comment below. 

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