Sometimes you have to overcome your family environment. None of us come from an ideal family. We all experience things like rejection; physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse; poverty; rage; drug addiction; alcoholism; divorce; etc. Years later we still struggle with things like low self-worth, marital failure, loneliness, depression, addiction, anxiety, anger control, and dysfunctional parenting. But having a bad start doesn’t mean you can’t have a great finish. Your life today is more than what happened yesterday; it’s about what you do with what happened yesterday. Consider Jephthah’s family background. He was born to a prostitute, kicked out of the house by his brothers, robbed of his rightful inheritance, disappointed in religious leaders, a refugee and rebel living in a cave (See Jdg 11). But unbowed, he defied defeat, trained a motley militia of rejects, delivered Israel from their enemies, and made it into faith’s hall of fame with Abraham, Moses and David (See Heb 11). How did he do it? He started where he was, he took what he had, and he did what he could. By faith he seized his God-given opportunity. You are more than the product of your environment. Whatever happened back then, you’re now “a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2Co 5:17 NLT). Live in the new and renounce the old! “You have already won a big victory…for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world (your environment)” (1Jn 4:4 TM).
Published on Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 6:43 AM CDT