Getting Past Your Past
Week 2: Flip the Script
Have you ever seen the TV show LOST? It took the world by storm, until the final episode when the writers of the show let the entire world down with the worst TV ending in history (in my humble but correct opinion). It was too late for the writers to “re-write the script.” The damage was done. But we all have “scripts” running in the background of our lives, writing the story of each day. These scripts are the beliefs, convictions and perspectives that inform our daily attitudes and actions. Let’s talk about how we can “Flip the negative script” of our lives so that our past no longer controls our future.
ICEBREAKER: • Describe a time when you lost a competition or a contest. What did you learn from your failure?
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from your past failures?
In what ways are the personal failures of your past still writing your script today?
Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves even after God has forgiven us of all our sins?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Failure is an event - never a person. What does that statement mean to you and how can you draw strength from it?
Read Philippians 3:12-15. The speaker said, “If you don’t let your past die, it won’t let you live.” Describe a past failure that you have fully overcome. How did you successfully overcome it?
God wants to write a new story with your life. Instead of choosing your decisions this week based on the past, choose them based on the future. To wrap your head around this, spend a couple of minutes writing down your preferred future. What do you believe God wants your future to look like? Write 3-5 points or short sentences that describe this. Then, share it with the group and state how you plan to make daily decisions that keep you pointed toward your better future.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17