Every night beefore I go to bed, I read a few pages of the Bible. Last night I started the Old Testament book of Joshua. In the first chapter, Joshua sends two spies across the Jordan into Jericho (in the Promised Land) before the rest of Israel entered. The spies were close to getting captured when they came upon the house of a woman named Rahab. Rahab wasn't the person you would think God would use. She was a prostitute, and for most of her life, she didn't believe in God. When word of what has happened with the Israelites came to Jericho, Rahab heard of it and began to believe in and fear the LORD. When the spies came to her house, she hid them. Soon, men of the Jericho military came in search of the spies. Because Rahab was hiding the two men, they were not found. After the military men left, Rahab lowered the spies out of her house through the window. The spies made it safely back to their families.
As I said before, Rahab wasn't a woman whom you would expect God to use, but she didn't let her past keep her from God. We all have things in our past that we aren't proud of, but we can't let those things draw us from God. Past regrets can't get in the way of giving ourselves up to God for His use. God will use you how He sees fit, regardless of your past. If you ever feel like things you've done are keeping God from being in you, just remember Rahab and how God used her.