Much of how we react in life is filtered through our experience. Experiences, albeit, good or bad, have a way of shaping us into different people. Certain smells or sites have a way of recalling fond memories, while others might trigger the painful experiences of our past, thus, becoming the current way we deal with the present.
Although our present experience may have nothing to do with what happened in the past, we have a way of filtering it through that experience. Which can be good and bad. For example, if I got into a car accident while driving in the snow, I’ll be a much more careful driver in the future during a downfall.
However, if I allow a bad experience to keep me from investing in relationships, treat people harshly or put up deep walls of protection, then I have allowed the tragedy I once faced to win once more in my life. Our pasts become our present once more and we do not walk in freedom. We damage relationships, don’t take that risk, live in fear, confusion, despair and anger.
In order to be free, truly free, we have to allow our minds to be
“re-wired.” We need a deeper healing to take place, so that, our past doesn’t keep becoming our present. Paul says, in Romans 12 that we should be “renewed by the transforming of our mind.” How then, does someone become “new” in their mind? Pragmatically, it is quite simple really, however, in praxis it is quite challenging. The bible says to “take captive every thought, making in obedient to Christ,” (2 Cor 10:5) and “he will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in him.” (Is. 26:3) Practicing these truths take spiritual discipline. We must become responders, instead of reactors, who are slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to become angry.
The metamorphosis of our minds is not something that happens overnight. It is a process, a long one at that, of continually joining with the Lord Jesus in our journey of transformation. When we join with him on the road towards healing, our past no longer become our present, because the healer has redeemed it.