'Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life...' Psalm 23:6 NLT
You'll miss what God's planning for you next if you're looking back to the past, whether it was a positive or negative one. When a new page in your life is turned, the temptation is to stay stuck in the past or wish for things to be the way they used to be. Listen to the Apostle Paul's words: '...Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day' (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV). Don't limit your life by the past. Keep your mind fresh by having expectations that go beyond 'what happened back then'.
Maybe in your family there are people who seem a tough act to follow. Well don't you think Joshua had a similar problem stepping out of Moses' shadow! Learn from everyone; copy no-one, you are a unique person destined to make a unique impact. Maybe your family is the opposite. Perhaps you're the first one to ever blaze a trail for God in this world and you feel starved of support and encouragement.
Listen: 'The Lord God is my strength, my source of courage, my invincible army...' (Habakkuk 3:19 AMP). God is your first resource and your last resort. When you need people to help you on your journey, he'll bring them across your path. But every step of the way you can be sure that 'goodness and unfailing love will pursue you all the days of your life'.
So what now? A new page can be scary, but press on, step by step. God has your back.
Soulfood: 1 Ki 16:1 - 18:15, Luke 12:22-34, Ps 66:1-12, Prov 6:20-22