The person you used to be isn’t equipped to handle your present circumstances.
Good memories are a blessing, your experience is important, and you can learn from the past, but thinking and reacting as you used to won’t speak the peace, wisdom, and life you need into today.
God does point out things in your past to show you truth and heal your heart. But he’s not condemning you there. He’s not disqualifying, punishing, or abandoning who you were. He’s empowering, encouraging, and equipping who you’re becoming.
If today your circumstances trigger anxiety, anger, sadness, or helplessness, take a step back. You may not feel like it. You might want to default to old ways of coping. Take a step back anyway. Give Jesus some room to remind you how much he loves you, who you really are, and that you’re more than able to deal with everything in front of you peacefully, joyfully, and powerfully.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17).