Luke Calhoun in Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden has a past he is trying to run from. A past full of abuse, alcoholism and an anger he fears he can't control.
As a young boy he was more likely to feel the slap of his father's hand, than a gentle touch - a sharp rebuke than a loving word. Because of this Luke tries to avoid violence although he feels anger festering in him over the injustices around him. He has vowed to live as a pacifist and uses his position as a US congressman to promote peace. It is this goal, this fear that drives him to risk the rumination of his political career and vote for peace when the nation demands war.
What Luke must come to realize is that it is his past that God has used to shape him into the person who values peace. It is this past that makes him a voice of reason and to put human life above ideology and money. He is a reminder to us that God allows our past for a reason - to further His purpose. And instead of trying to hide from shameful pasts we need to praise God. For it just might be that past that he uses to further His glory in ways we could never imagine.
How as God used your past to further His will?
Beyond all Dreams