The Good Ol’ Days

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.  (Ecclesiastes 7:10, NIV)
As human beings, we look back at our lives from time to time and we reminisce.  We spend way too much time pondering the past and not enough time playing in the present or focusing on our future.  There are some good things about pondering the past.  First, we can learn from our mistakes.  We all fail from time to time and we make mistakes.  Why repeat them when we can learn from them?  Second, we can remember the days when the Lord carried us and got us through difficult times.  This can help us lean on Him and trust Him with our futures.
But when we linger too long in the past and compare the present times to the good ol’ days, there is no wisdom in that.  We cannot make the good ol’ days reoccur, so make the best of the present and plan for the future.  In Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) Paul wrote, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  No matter how good the good ol’ days were, they are nothing compared to what is ahead of God’s people.  Read the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for His followers and it is indescribable.  We cannot even comprehend what that place will be like.  The good ol’ days are done and gone.  But the future is glorious!  So let us press on to that future!  Press on, my friends!  Press on!
PRAYER: Thank You for Your promises, O Lord.  I look forward to the day when Jesus returns to take us home.  Help me to press on and persevere when life gets hard today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

1 Response to “The Good Ol’ Days”

  1. 1 Mark Williams
    12.31.2009 at 7:27 AM

    Thanks. I needed that. I dwelling in the past is not healthy, but I tend to do it. The good old days.

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