The Dangers of Living From The Past
When I was a kid, I remember going camping with my cousins and friends of my family. My cousin and I would race down to the bottom of the hill with our bikes at the campground, and I almost fell off my bike several times. Sometimes I catch myself thinking, “Man, I really miss the good old days.”
But one potential problem with looking at good memories is that we get stuck living in our past. When I was a kid, gas prices were less than a dollar per gallon, music and movies seemed as though they had a deeper meaning, and I didn’t have to worry about paying taxes and working at a job I don’t like to pay the bills.
While one could say, “Well, life sucks and we just gotta deal with it,” I’ve learned that life as an adult doesn’t have to be so bad.
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
From that Bible verse, we can clearly see that people have been dreaming about “The good old days” since the beginning of time. If it was a waste of time then, it’s still a waste of time now.
Living Like a Child
And He (Jesus) said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3).”
How can we become like children if we have to pay taxes? How can we become like children if we can’t even pay our bills without working extra hours at a job that we probably don’t even like? When Jesus told us to be like children, He didn’t mean that we don’t need to attend to our responsibilities. What He meant was that we need to give the burden of our responsibilities to Him so that we can be free from our self-inflicted stress. This stress we create for ourselves comes from trying to accomplish everything in our own strength.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we didn’t have to stress out about how to pay our bills, which job to work at, or where we’re going to live? Well, when we give our burdens to the Lord, we can actually live from a divine perspective. By living from a divine perspective, we become as young, wild, and carefree as children because we know that our Daddy God has got us covered.
Who Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?
For many of us, the best memories of our lives are from where we were kids, but we tend to get stuck in that reality. Well, I have a question for you. Did you want to work at the local grocery store when you were a kid? Did you dream that one day you’d be sitting in an office filing paperwork? If so, that’s great. But, most kids dream about becoming doctors, lawyers, and even superheroes.
Why do most kids dream about such radical things? I believe the reason is that deep down inside of all of us, we all know that we were born to make a difference in the world. No kid dreams of growing up and becoming someone who’s stable and has a nice house and a nice car in their driveway. That’s boring.
If you really want to go back in time and remember the good old days, I would suggest for you to remember who you wanted to become when you grew up. When we discover who we want to be, we’ll discover who we’re created to impact.
It’s Never Too Late To Start Over
It can be very painful to go back in time and remember the things we used to dream about. As we get older, people shut down our dreams and tell us that they’re impossible, unattainable, or that we’re simply not capable of accomplishing what we believe God has created us for.
It’s not easy to keep believing that you’ll become who God created you to be when what you see doesn’t match who you are. But that’s okay. If changing the world was easy, everybody would be doing it. It doesn’t matter where you work or even if you only have five dollars in your bank account.
God created you demonstrate His power and love to people all around you. Whether you’re 17 or 77, you have a God-given calling on your life to bring His Kingdom to Earth and change peoples lives. Sometimes going down memory lane can actually help us to remember the things God has created us for. The time to start moving toward our God-given dream is now.
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