The gutter is a degrading place known for waste, decay, decomposition and rot. There is nothing good about the gutter. The gutter is like Hades for the Greeks: a place of no return. Anything that is sent to the gutter must be something that is condemned to perish. But guess what? Gutters can be gold mines!
Who is in the gutter?
This is the situation of many people in our society today. They have been dragged into the gutter of life and consequently think that they have been soiled beyond clean-up. Your gutter could be in the form of disappointments, betrayal, assassination of a loved one; being a victim of fraud or deception, loss of a very important position or opportunity in life, being a victim of rape or sexual abuse, or intimidations; it might also be inform of a grave mistake you made, a misfortune, or even a failure. Nevertheless, I would like you to hope high. I want to tell you that you can come out of this mess wearing a new suit of clothes. There are boutiques in the gutter. Open your eyes and make your selection.
The Only Dagger of the Gutter
One poisonous dagger of the gutter is its ability to give you a disposition to dwell in the past. Remembrance of past failures is like habouring the legendary Trojan horse within your territory. So many people are languishing in the “why me?” syndrome. They can spend hours rehearsing how taintless their virtues are, and lamenting how undeserving they are to be accosted by an ugly life experience. They have litanies of offenders and enough excuses to prove that someone is responsible for their problem. The only truth about your enemy is that he wants to fill your mouth with complaints instead of testimonies. If you continue to complain, you would just be cooperating with him to achieve his agenda upon you. Do not allow any situation to keep your back on the ground.
Reasons to Forget Past Ugly Experiences
The Past is Gone and Can’t Be Reclaimed
Heraclitus, an early Greek philosopher, believed that everything is in a state of change. To make this clearer, note that you cannot step on the surface of a running stream twice. This is because the water will flow past you, while new mass of water will flow in to take their place. Learn from Apostle Paul who said; “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Remembering the past ugly experience does no good. It is a waste of time!
Ugly Feelings About the Past Makes One Miserable
You become what you think. If you keep regurgitating negative thoughts and bad experiences, you will never be a happy person. It can make you suffer deadly mental poisons such as bitterness, resentment, hatred, frustration, anger, antagonism, and impatience. The psalmist broke through this situation with the following statement: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalms 43:5)
It Kills Your Incentive to Move Forward in Life
Dwelling on your past mistakes and failures bury ones God-given potentials. It cripples the confidence to use ones abilities. There is no perfect man or trial-free man on earth. Everybody is a student in the classroom of perfection. Stop wasting time on the past and start building castles from the future. The past is irreclaimable while the future is resourceful. The greatest weapon to fight your enemies is what you can be able to achieve with your future.
A Terrible Life Experience Could Become A Gift From God
No father or mother, President or King, saint or martyr, angel or human, could ever love you the way God loves you. No one can think or plan good for you the way He does. The feelings of desolation He allows you to have sometimes can become real gifts. He allows these to wean you from false relationships that would waste you. He uses such anguish to renew your life by turning you to Him. Every sad experience should bring you closer to God as they are fully packages with life lessons.
Consider this inspirational piece:
An old story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, “This Too is for Good!”
One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, “This too is for good!” to which the king replied, “No, this is not good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to steer clear of. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, piled some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.
As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way. As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.
“You were right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off”. And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. “And, so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”
“No,” his friend replied, “This too is for good!”
“What do you mean, this is good? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”
“If I had not been in jail, I would have been with you and taken as meat by the cannibals.”
I want you to try this approach to life. It can change the way you view situations.
Our master, Jesus, admonishes all His followers on the exigency of upward looking. He says; “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Start today to live in the future and those who dragged you into the gutter will meet you wearing a new suit of clothes.