Goodbye to the Good Old Days
In the immortal words of Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, well they really are, in all areas of our lives! You can never go forward successfully if you’re always looking backwards. If you’re always reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ you’ll miss the present. If you stay comfortable in the old, you’ll get stale in the new. Change is all around us, the generation below us does not think like we do and they don’t live in the same world that we grew up in.
One thing I loved about Jesus is that He talked to people where they were at. He was in the present. He didn’t reminisce about the ‘good old days’ and just talk about the men of God 500 years ago. No, he called the fisherman out of the boat and spoke to them about things that they knew and understood, using fishing as examples of God’s word. He was in the moment and looking for relevant opportunities. If we let the past glory or past hurt settle in our hearts then it leads to a lot of dissatisfaction in our journey. And we can miss where God wants to take us.
There’s a Bible verse that I really love that is found in Hebrews 12:1-2 and in The Passion version it really comes to life - “So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into [in other words - the past]. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race [that means looking forward!] with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out BEFORE US. We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us FORWARD into faith’s perfection”.
Notice the key words in this Bible verse - BEFORE US and FORWARD. No mention of looking backwards, or pining after days gone by. Nope, all about fixing our eyes forward. Mark preached a really brilliant message recently about growing up and the only way we can continually move forward freely to embrace every present opportunity for our lives is to develop maturity. Grow up! Stop licking the wounds of offense or fear, stop wishing for the ‘good old days’, and fix your eyes forward on Jesus. the author of your life and your story. Stop looking back to chapter one or two and start getting excited about the chapters that are yet to be written! The times really are a-changin’ and I for one do not want to be left behind because I was too stupid to turn up to the present. There’s an old saying that’s a little corny but it sums up my point perfectly - Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present.” Boom!!!
Love ya babes,