Your Future is better than Your Past

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"How I long for the months gone by." Job 29:2


I often hear the words that "back in the day" things were better. It's almost a glorification of the past. It's surprising to me that so many people view the past with pleasure, but regard the present with dissatisfaction. Some look back with a nostalgic view, forgetting any pain, and sense that the past brought them only pleasure.

I understand pleasant thoughts of the past, particularly when I hear music from back in the day. I think about basement parties, hanging out with friends, school day's activities, and budding love affairs.

Nevertheless, a true assessment focuses my attention on the present and looks into the future. My experiences in the past have deepened my relationship with God. The pressure pot of trouble has taught me in the present that God is a very present help in the time of trouble. Being abandoned by friends and foes has taught me that Jesus does stick closer than a brother. Having experiences of lost has taught me that if this earthly house is dissolved, we have a building not made my hand eternal in the heavens. Having some experiences of suffering lack has taught me that God rewards those who diligently seek him.

I have a healthy respect for the past, but I have no desire to swim backwards. I chose to swim forward and to look to the hills from whence cometh my strength, my strength cometh from the Lord. Good Morning!!!

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