Change your past: A Mourner, an Addict and a Crooked Tax Collector Show You How, by Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett, a colleague, a health columnist and Media and Legislative contact for Christian Science in North Carolina, shares her spiritual insight on this thought provoking topic.  She tells the story of three people from entirely different back grounds, who successfully changed their past and were completely and permanently healed of challenges that they faced. Cynthia acknowledges how each one was uniquely receptive to God’s goodness through spiritual thinking and prayer.  Each story explains how they were able to develop a more spiritual sense of self and life (their own and others) through gratitude and love.  We all have this innate ability to rethink and revise our past-read this heart felt article and learn how!

Change your pastThree stories of men who each revised his own personal history

The past is past and we can’t change it. After all, it happened! If we remember the past with pain, the pain may appear as grief, regret, self-blame or other negative feelings. Sure, we cherish the pleasant memories, but can we rid ourselves of the painful ones? Can we revise, redeem, even overrule the impact of previous experiences on our lives?

A powerful story from over 2000 years ago gives us a clue. It concerns a crooked tax collector named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus wanted more than anything to meet the man who healed others of their sorry past histories as adulterers, bigots, and sufferers from disease. Perhaps he wanted this kind of transformation for himself.  Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by in the crowds and was rewarded with a hearty invitation from Jesus to be the Master’s host—a great honor. Joyfully, Zacchaeus vowed then and there to “restore fourfold” anything he’d stolen from others. No more corrupt, defrauding identity for Zacchaeus. The Christly recognition of his worthiness restored his innocent self-image. Zacchaeus felt reborn, set aside his past, and stepped into his future (Luke 19).

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I saw this same phenomenon with my father. An alcoholic for twenty years, my dad had managed to hide his habit for a long time. But finally, when the addiction began to rear its ugly head in embarrassing incidents, our family insisted he find the help he needed to overcome this dependency.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org