Assistant coach Mike Sullivan of the New York Giants invited Lt. Col. Gadson to a game. From his wheelchair, Lt. Col. Gadson delivered a pregame speech to the team. Although the Giants had lost their first two outings that year, they went on to win that game - and the 2008 Superbowl. Lt. Col. Gadson played the part of a double amputee in the movie Battleship. Not only did he take the challenge, but to the amazement of everyone around him, performed his own stunts.
Other challenges of the past may include cruelty or abuse, a debilitating illness, a tragedy or any other circumstance that severely limits options. Perhaps our own bad choices caused pain and devastation to others as well as ourselves. Sometimes those memories overshadow everything else, even when circumstances have changed for the better.
How we deal with issues - pleasant or unpleasant - is a choice. We can actually get stuck on a point in our own time line - something in the past that stops us from moving on. When that happens, productivity in the present and subsequently in the future will be substantially curtailed. As has been proven by Lt. Col. Gadson and others, however, that does not need to be the case.
My husband says, "We are not promised tomorrow. We are promised eternity." He is so right. God makes it clear that at any moment we could be called upon to face Him. Tomorrow is uncertain. Eternity is promised to those who trust in Jesus. ...you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away...(James 4:14). "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish (John 10:27-28).