The correlation of our past, present, and future is too great to ignore. Often people find themselves trapped in their childhood because it either represents a place of safety or one of tragedy.
The truth is whether someone experiences bliss or toxicity in childhood it is the last place in time when responsibility was not an option.
This is why the Scripture that says, “when I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned as a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me ( 1 Corinthians 13:11).”
So, now we’re getting somewhere. The issue or reason why people are stuck in the past is because of the lack of or the inability to act responsibly to overcome the act or acts committed against them.
Or should we say people choose to be stuck in their childhood mind to protect themselves or avoid responsibility? It is a choice!
Let me say it again, the inability to deal with, expose or settle the past will cause a person to replay, and relive the past in an unhealthy way.
This destroys any chance of experiencing the gift of the present and opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation.
This is why the world as we now know it is not meant for us, and why we need to overcome it. We need to overcome it (the world as it is) because we will die the same way we arrived, unknowing, unfulfilled, scarred, and further “born in sin, and shaped in iniquity (Ps. 51:5).”
So how does one acquire the ability to overcome the world? Well, one has to first desire change. Change comes through an intentional act of faith (Hebrews 11:1), commitment and consistency in doing what is good and just.
Even if a person does not have a consistent prayer life, strong faith, know how to change, or possess the power to change, the ability to ask or cry out for help, choosing to change is the first step in changing one’s life for the better.
Further, without understanding how to pray, asking for something without believing it will come to pass is pointless and will not manifest a blessing from God, and real change.
The key is to ask humbly and faithfully. Knowledge is not power apart from faith. Asking requires faith!
Every human being should learn what profund principles opens the floodgates to abundant blessings.
The story of “Jabez” begins by documenting a woman’s burden and how she bore her son in much pain and agony. This son grows up and senses that his life is not what he desires it to be, so he finds the courage the ask God a question.
He asks….. “Oh, if thou would bless me? (v.10)” How many people find the courage to ask God to bless them?
Now, here’s the issue with blessings, many people say they are blessed but they really aren’t.
Why? A blessing is a supernatural favor poured out on an obedient vessel who asks believing they will have what they ask for from God.
You see, God honors faith and those who believe in Him.
Romans 8:28, states, “For we know that all things work together for the good, of those who love God are called according to his purpose.”
My ( Dr. Makeda Ansah), personal story began in the foster care system, but I was blessed to be in one home and not in any imminent danger.
God protected me from harm, provided for my every need, and blessed me with spiritual gifts evident at a young age, along intellectual abilities to succeed even under immense pressure and chaos.
I took advantage of opportunities most people missed and aligned myself with God’s plan for my life in Him: despite aging out of the foster care system without a dime, knowing my real purpose in life, an inheritance, failed marriages, single parenthood, a life changing illness, poverty, homelessness, to now living a life of peace and tranquility, becoming a homeowner, successfully homeschooling four children in different grade levels to completion, going back to school after a long hiatus, caring for my foster mother and brother unit their deaths, healing from past scars and deep wounds, and completing graduate school with a terminal degree, a doctor of ministry in 2022.
Thankfully, I beat the odds. Apart from the blessings of God these accomplishments and a redeemed life will not be possible.
I beat the odds, and from the cradle (an abandoned infant to the foster care system) to the cap (commencement ceremonies — life of redemption), I overcame my insecurities, fears, doubts, anxiety, and occasional mild depression to see my glass full, and appreciate the difficult times in life and my choice to learn valuable lessons from my victorious life.
I learned to lean on God and trust His guidance. I finally accepted love, and learned to love unconditionally through forgiveness of self and others.
This is just the beginning of a new life and I hope to inspire many others to share their own stories, see their glass full and learn from their life experiences.
See you on the journey!
Dr. Makeda Ansah