We all make mistakes and hopefully we learn from them. But, sometimes it’s hard to live out the lessons learned when you’re still stuck in the mistakes. I hear this occasionally from stepparents who can’t allow themselves to invest in their stepchildren. Guilt gets the best of them and they can’t enjoy the present. But we should, as Paul says in Romans 6, count ourselves dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus. Your past is not your present. God’s peace is.