In life, we are all subject to experience situations that may manage to set a negative footprint on our minds. If we are not careful, this footprint will grow legs and begin to dictate our future experiences, outward behaviors and thought patterns. We will see the effect of this negative footprint in the way that we talk, treat, and interact with others. We may not intentionally want to do harm to others or ourselves, but when we keep repeating the same behaviors and allow this negative footprint to indent the depths of our mind, it will be almost impossible to change.
There has to be a crossroad experience that wakes up your perception to consider that having a negative footprint of your past operate, as the conductor of how you live and think in your present and future is no longer an option. Listen to the patterns of your behavior and dissect the impact that it has made to life situations, good friendships gone bad and even broken family relationships. You are the best person to take responsibility for your part and acknowledge areas where you can change. This is not about having a conversation with the person you believe to be at fault so that you can be right for the majority of the wrong. This is simply about admitting your part and asking the tough questions even if it is only to yourself about what you learned and what you can do differently. Being right in the moment may satisfy your flesh in an instant. Yet, processing and living through the after effect of ruined relationships and feeling a loss afterwards can damage you for a lifetime.
This is your opportunity to deal with the intimacy of yourself and the God that you serve. This is the time where you have permission to release all the junk that you've been hoarding as if it were a pile of gold that would somehow make you a millionaire in the future. Let it go and ask God for forgiveness for you. Forgiving yourself allows a virtual eraser to clean the slate of your thinking and gives you an opportunity to take ownership for your actions and authority over the negative footprint.
The replacement of the negative footprint truly requires a change in the way that you think. Yes, you must adopt what I call a Freedom Mindset. Embracing a Freedom Mindset will allow you to participate in the act of letting go of any hindering thing from your past despite if it was done to you or if you were in fact the doer. A freedom mindset will allow you to look at your present life circumstances, stop anything that resembles this painful footprint, and declare, as Iyanla Vanzant would say, “Not on my watch”. Yes, a Freedom Mindset will empower you to be the gatekeeper of what enters your future and understand and that nothing can enter unless you collaborate with it and allow it to make its way in.
So as you contemplate about your past, get real with your present and plan your future by wiping the slate clean, get a tangible picture of what your soul (mind, will, and emotions) looks like without all the negative footprint violations. Google a picture of your greatest desire and allow that picture of positivity, purpose and powerfulness become the new vision that you see on a daily basis. Then, envision yourself doing, being, and just living out your life without all the negative footprints and watch the chains that once had you bound fall to the ground. See yourself in a life of ultimate freedom and grow outside the lines! Declare on this day, “I shall be free”. For as the word of God so clearly says, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed”.
Be encouraged and blessed,
Gina Dacus - speaker, author, prophetic artist who desires to pour out every God given gift for the duration of her life - there are no limitations in Christ!