Posted by: Heather | May 24, 2010

Longing for ‘The Good Old Days’

Please humor me as I do this post today…I am still working on the message about ‘Jesus is the bread of life’.  It has been a fascinating study for me, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.  It’s taken longer than I anticipated.

I haven’t written as much lately.  A couple of weeks ago, I was out of town for the weekend.  This past weekend, we were also extremely busy going here and there to various events.  This weekend is Christmas at my house.  Christmas in May!  LOL  Yes, it is time for the annual NC statewide homeschooling conference!  That means shopping for new curriculum, games, and other cool items for schooling my children.  We get so excited about this conference, and I’ve been working on it as an assistant to the volunteer coordinator for the past year.  I’m excited to see it finally coming to pass.  But, this also means that after Tuesday, I will not be at my computer very much for the rest of the week.  However, I do have something I’d like to share today.

Philippians 3:13-14  …this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

It seems I’ve heard an awful lot lately about ‘the good old days’.  You know, the times when great things happened to people spiritually.  Either ‘it was better back then’, or ‘I wish it would be like it was then’.  At times, we all long for things like they used to be.  The past often holds some degree of comfort or familiarity that we find we desire.   That’s why ‘comfort food’ is so popular these days…it reminds us of those times.  You know, the ones where you came in from school and sat down at mom’s (or grandma’s) table and ate the brownies straight from the oven?  Those were absolutely the best treats in the world…or at least that’s the way we remember it.

We remember these times with such nostalgia because they were times that made us feel secure and loved.  We’re not programmed to like change very much.  After all, change changes things, right?  It launches us out into unfamiliar territory, navigating into a place we’ve never been before, and sometimes, that’s just plain scary.   So, in our frail human state, we like to retreat back to times like they used to be.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, unless we choose to live there.  Admittedly, some change is not good, however, we still shouldn’t use that as an excuse not to move forward.

I’ve seen people recently try to do everything they can to attain spiritual things like they were ‘in the old days’.  Certainly, it is scriptural for us to seek out ‘the old path and walk in it’, as the book of Jeremiah says.  There is much to be learned from the way people did things in the past.  But, if we live in the time of yesterday’s blessings and do everything we can to attain ‘the way it used to be’, how will we ever launch out into new ventures and new blessings?   We are to continually press forward, following God’s plan along the way.  His plan may be for us to see how things used to be done, but not so we can live in the past and try to recreate it.  If we’re to revive something done in the past, it should be for a future blessing beyond what happened then.

Our journey to heaven should take us into more manifold blessings and knowledge of God than we had yesterday, and even more than spiritual eras before.  We can learn from them, but not live in them.  Live for God like you don’t have tomorrow, and follow His plan for your life wholeheartedly.  There will be many blessings along the way.  God doesn’t want us to live continually in yesterday’s blessings.

Yesterday’s blessings are today’s testimonies.  Today’s testimonies of what God has done in our lives should launch us forward with greater faith toward what tomorrow’s testimony will be, not make us want to go backward and retreat into what He’s already done.    Take a step of faith and press toward the mark!

May God bless you as you serve Him today!

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