Leave  it in The Past

Leave  it in The Past

by Diana Scothorn


Over the years, I had repeatedly dragged my past into my present.  After failing in relationship after relationship, I got in the habit of bringing everything from one relationship into the next one.

This is the perfect recipe for failure.

When we experience the sting of pain, it isn’t easy to forget.  I have learned you don’t forget the…


…memory of your past, but you decide to leave the memory of your past behind.

Philippians 3:13 says, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Choosing to hang on to the pain of our past has the power to block the vision for our future. It’s human nature to hang on to our painful memories to “self-protect” our hearts.

When we feel familiar pain, we immediately recognize and remember this pain and go back in time and respond very similar to how we did before when we first experienced it.

Unfortunately, at that point, we start going backward.  Jesus wants us to move forward! He wants us to give Him the pain and leave it with Him!

Isaiah 43:18 states, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18 tells us,” Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.”

God never intended us to drag our history into our new relationships. He will make a new way and do something new in our life if we allow Him to do so.

Jesus will take the things the devil meant to destroy- to prepare us for a beautiful future with a heart filled with one precious memory; He died so we could live.

It’s a choice to “allow” or “halt” the past from dictating our future.  Jesus took the pain of yesterday so we could glorify Him today!

I have to make a conscious decision daily that I will not allow what has happened to me to affect what God has prepared for me. I’m so grateful Jesus took my past to redefine my future!

Whether our past is failed relationships, unsuccessful diets, poor health, poor spending habits, or poor judgment, it’s up to us to settle it in our minds and decide to be done with it.

Anything in our past that keeps us from moving forward, we must choose to leave behind. If you forever hang onto your past it will forever hang on to you!




Diana Scothorn published author of “Daily Dose with Diana“, has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10-plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted. 

She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a marketplace ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze. 

Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.

Connect with Diana on Instagram and Facebook, where she has “Diana’s Daily Devotionals” encouraging and inspiring women to live daily in victory.

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