1st Timothy 1:12 "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus."
What you were is not important. What you are right now is going to help you in what you become in the future. Know that the decisions of today shape the course you are going to travel. The good news is that God has considered you. He has considered you faithful. Your past has brought you to your present and will be used to carry you into your future. How does that happen? God's grace is abundantly poured out upon you. Not just grace but along with that comes the faith and love that are all found in Christ. His mercy washes out our ignorance.
Maybe people have spoken negative things over you. Right now you may even have some nay-sayers trying to discourage you. Today, know that Christ considers you faithful and that is why He enables you to do His will. He has placed you where you are and if it is challenging right now, press on because you are going to rise to the top! It doesn't matter where you've been or what you've done. What counts is who you belong to. Give yourself to the Lord and watch His purposes come alive in you. Get ready today for grace, faith and love to overwhelm you!