I have come to the conclusion that all things from our pasts have combined to mold us into the persons we are; and the things of today and tomorrow will continue to shape us. In our younger years, we were influenced by parents, teachers, friends, and others. But once we stepped out on our own, we became responsible for our own lives and we began to be shaped by our choices.
We sometimes—too often, I think—regret our choices, and blame ourselves for our lot in life. Other times, we want to place the blame on those who helped form us during those early years. Sometimes… we even blame God.
Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10