I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. (Revelation 20:12)
The Book of Life contains the names of those who will inherit eternal life. But what of these other books? These are the books of our lives, and each day we write a page. On the Day of Judgement, these books will be opened. For now, they remain closed. And this is very good news because it means we still have time to write.
Heavenly Father, let the book of my life give glory to you. Whatever the trials or failures of previous pages, let each page from here onward bring me ever closer to you. Let the story of my life be a story of redemption, a new beginning, and ultimate victory through Christ.
You have no control over your past. The past is fixed, and we cannot go back and rewrite it, but we can reinterpret it with the pages that we write from here onward. We can say, “Yes, this is who I was, but look at what God has done in me now!” We can join our voices with St. Paul, who says, “ Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). From here onward, let each page of your book give glory to God. Forget the former chapters and start writing something new!