What to do if you screwed up in the past:
The longer you live, and the more you live; the more likely you'll make mistakes.
Sometimes BIG ones, sometimes small ones. But what do we do about those sins or mistakes in the "past" we made that are affecting our "now"?
Think of actions as "seeds". Some of the seeds we have sown are what I call "weed seeds." The funny thing about weeds are, they seem to grow faster than "good seeds."
I'm not sure if that's always true, but it sure seems like it. Especially if you sown enough "weed seeds" that it starts choking out the "good seed" or deeds in your life.
The first thing you have to do to get more good things going in your life than the negative is to "take responsibility for your own actions." When we stop blaming our Ex Spouse, our Mother, our Father, our Brothers, our Sisters, our teachers, our Government; and actually start taking responsibility of our lives is the starting point of having a GREAT life!
Second thing to do is: Start sowing "good seeds."
Now realize that if you spent a long time (maybe most of your life) sowing weed seeds that it's going to take some time for the good seeds to overcome the bad ones.
Start sowing A LOT of good seeds! The more the better! Keep doing it day in, day out. The more you sow, the more that will overtake the bad, and sooner or later you're going to see a field full of good fruit instead of weeds!
Thirdly: Don't give up too soon. It can be discouraging at times when you keep doing what's right and not see the fruit of your labors. But do not be deceived, you will reap what you sow if you do not faint!
Fourth: Don't fool yourself into believing your actions don't matter.
Just because you don't see the results of your actions does not mean "you got away with it." For example you might eat at a fast food place almost every day in your 20's and as your continue to eat there into your 30's, you will see and feel the difference in your body. But during years 20-29 for example it doesn't SEEM to matter. Slowly it catches up with you.
Another example would be smoking. You smoke, you feel good at first. It calms you, gives you satisfaction of some sort even. You know in your brain that it's not really good for you, but you keep fooling yourself that "it's not THAT BAD". Why? Because you don't feel or see the effects until many years later. By then many times it's too late and your health is shot!
Another example would be cheating in school. You cheat, you pass, you don't get caught. Maybe you NEVER get caught. You think you're getting away with it. You even get a High School Diploma! Then you get out into the "real world" and you find you can't get a job because you can't pass the tests the employers give to you. Why? Because of those 4 years of cheating. Come to find out, the teacher was right when they said "When you cheat, you're really cheating yourself." At the time you blew it off and said "yeah right!, what ever." But after time, you noticed it has caught up to you!
I'm sure you get the drift.
So what do you do when the past is affecting your "now"?
Take responsibility for your actions, quit blaming others; and start sowing good seeds.
Wishing you more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life!