Do you think of yourself as damaged goods because of what may have happened to you in your past? God does not see you as damaged; He sees you through the eyes of Jesus Christ as being righteous. Regardless of what may have happened to you, you must forgive yourself and forgive those who may have hurt you in order to embrace the wonderful life that God has in store for you. God loves you. One of my favorite scriptures reminds me that ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). This suggests that no matter what may have happened to me or to you, God is in control and is shaping the circumstances such that you and I will benefit. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has planned a successful future for each of us, but we need to believe that and embrace it. Don’t allow your past to dictate your future; instead, you should “forget those things that are behind and reach forward to what lies ahead” (Phil 3:13), and that is the future that God has planned for you. Amen!