Kind Of A Drag

Some of you may remember the song, ‘Kind Of A Drag’. That song was on one of my many Beach Music tapes I had during high school and college. Some of the lyrics went like this,

“Kind of a drag
When your baby don’t love you
Kind of a drag
When you know she’s been untrue
Oh oh, listen to what I’ve gotta to say
Girl, I still love you
I’ll always love you
Anyway, anyway, anyway…”
The songwriter was lamenting the loss of his girl and his sorrow was a “drag” on him. The breakup was heavy on his mind and a weight on his shoulders. He was focusing on the past, not the future.
Does God want us to focus on the past and not on the future? Does He want us to take this life He has given us in order to glorify Him but instead focus on something that has happened in our past? Does He want us to be, “kind of a drag?”
Is there something in your life that is a drag on you? Do you live in bitterness? Do you have something in your heart and on your mind that isn’t allowing you to move on with your life? If you do then ask yourself this, “Am I living the life God wants me to live?”
Life throws a lot of things at us, good and bad. God watches the way we handle what we go through and other people are watching how we handle what we go through.
My parent’s divorce, a very unusual illness that almost took my life, the poor choices that I’ve made, the death of a newborn, the deaths of people I cherished, the craziness of marrying into the baseball world and its instability, are just a few of the things I’ve been through.The biggest issue that I allowed to be a weight on me for many years, was anger towards someone in my family. As this person grew old and frail, God led me to read the Bible to her each day that I would visit her. On one such day, I was reading the Book of Romans and I suddenly felt the weight of that anger I had carried lift away from me. I almost broke down into tears. I had never realized before how heavy that weight was until that very moment. It was the most wonderful feeling for that “drag” to be lifted. It had been an anger that wasn’t always in the forefront of my mind, but it was always dragging on me until that day as I sat beside her bed, and I let God in to release the weight. It changed me immediately. I have been able to take something away from EVERY single one of those experiences mentioned above, and have used them to help someone going through something similar. God at work.
If we allow each life experience to become something we learn from, it will make us a better person, a stronger person, and a more knowledgeable person. When we let go of dwelling on the past we allow God to continue to mold our Christian life. When we let go we become an example for others, a better listener, a better adviser, a more patient and loving human being. Take whatever you’ve been through, and instead of allowing it to bring you down, instead of living in the past, instead of living in bitterness, instead of living in guilt or sorrow, use what could  become a drag and instead put your focus on God. Live for your future, not for your past. Lift up others who are being dragged down by life, and be blessed by Him for it.
Love, M
No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.”– Philippians 3:13-14